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KADUNA : " I Don't Think Any Bandit Deserves To Live" - Gov El-Rufai


Gov El-Rufai Says, Bandits, Kidnappers Invading Kaduna Likely To End Up Dead.

... Commends Chief Of Air Staff For Recent Bombardment Of Bandits.

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor,has said, he does not think anyone involved in banditry deserves to live.

According to him, any bandit operating in his state is “most likely going to end up dead”.

Gov El-Rufai while speaking in an interview on ChannelsTv on Sunday said;

“I think that the bandits and their leaders decided to collectively target Kaduna state because of the position we have taken that we will not negotiate with them, that we will not give them a penny of taxpayers’ money. 

“And whoever comes to Kaduna for the purpose of banditry or kidnapping is most likely going to end up dead.

“We believe that the solution to this problem is to intensify military operations from the air or the ground and wipe all of them out. We do not think any bandit deserves to live.

“And we have made that very clear to the security agencies. I am very pleased that the new chief of air staff has continued the bombardment of bandits in Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara and the bandits are on the run.”

The Governor also revealed that the police and the military were collaborating "We will get rid of these bandits in a matter of weeks," he added. 

El-Rufai also stressed that his administration’s was determined to trace and prosecute all persons negotiating with bandits on behalf of Kaduna state. 

Two weeks ago, parents of students abducted from Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, had staged a protest demanding the release of their children.

Commenting on the development, the governor said it will be detrimental for the state to negotiate with the bandits.

“We commiserate with those that have lost loved ones but the solution is not to put your own personal interest at the head of public interest.

“And what is in the public interest is to ensure that you don’t empower your enemies by giving them money to buy more advanced weapons.”

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