Speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly rose an eight-hour meeting at the weekend, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists and enemies of the state.
They also challenged governors that have yet to assent to the bills on financial autonomy passed by their respective state lawmakers to do so as quickly as possible.
In a five-point communiqué read at the end of the meeting in Kaduna, Kaduna State by their Chairman, Abubakar Suleiman, the speakers argued that the operational mode of bandits and that of terrorists was the same. ’’ We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists and enemies of the state. The conference has observed all the activities carried out by the bandits as containing the same mode of operations used by terrorists,’’ the speakers said.The speakers, who explained that they thoroughly reviewed security in the country, especially in the Northwest, Northwest, and Northcentral, promised to help the Federal Government overcome the challenge through legislative frameworks.
They added: ‘’ The conference also decried the state of insecurity in the country, and resolved to work out legislative frameworks, to complement the efforts of the Federal Government to address the security challenges in the country. ‘’In addition, the conference also resolved to make appropriate laws to address the fundamental issues that breed insecurity in the land, as well as create employment for the youth and curb the menace of insecurity in the country.’’On Wednesday, a security report by the Kaduna State Government showed that 888 people were killed, 2,553 kidnapped and 720 persons injured in the state between January and September 2021.
Kaduna State in the Northwest is the epi-centre of banditry in the country.In August 2019, the Federal Government said that 330 attacks by bandits and 1,460 deaths were recorded across the country within seven months.The Nation recalls that 40 people were slaughtered recently by bandits at Goronyo market in Sokoto State, while in parts of Zamfara and Katsina states, several lives have been lost despite ongoing military actionsGovernor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State while reacting to the killings in his state, charged the military to carry out coordinated operations in the Northwest to stamp out banditry in the zoneBenue State Governor Samuel Ortom had also expressed concerns about recent attacks and the kidnapping of students in schools across the country.
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