Failure to declare bandits terrorist frustrating security agents efforts – Katsina lawmaker

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The Chairman of the committee on security matters in Katsina State House of Assembly, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, has said that government reluctance to declare bandits terrorists is frustrating the efforts of security agents in winning the war against the hoodlums.

The lawmaker representing Dutsima Constituency made the disclosure on Monday, during the presentation of its committee’s report after their deliberations with security agencies on the incessant attack on citizens in the state by bandits.

According to Abubakar, declaring bandits as terrorists would give security agencies the impetus to deal with the criminals accordingly.

Abubakar said: “There is what we call, `limitation of administration’. This means there are some actions that security agencies cannot take against bandits because they have not been declared terrorists.

“Therefore, there is the need for the declaration of the bandits as terrorists so that all necessary measures can be taken by security agencies to fight them.”

However, the Dutsima lawmaker said they discovered in the course of investigation that “the Security Challenge Containment Order of Governor Aminu Masari has recorded a lot of success in taming the bandits as kidnapping and killing in the state has reduced by about 35 per cent.”

Notwithstanding, the committee’s report recommended that the state government should review the security containment order to eliminate its attendant negative effect on residents of affected areas.

After careful deliberation on the matter, the members adopted the report and called on the federal and state governments to declare bandits as terrorists.

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