Banditry: Tambuwal wants FG to declare state of emergency

EMERGENCY DIGEST- Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says the declaration of a state of emergency on banditry would enable security operatives to access to clear bandits’ enclaves and other hideouts.

Tambuwal made the suggestion on Wednesday in Sokoto when he received a delegation of the Northwest States Governors Forum.

The delegation was led by Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State on a condolence visit over the killing of 23 travellers in Sokoto State by bandits.

He appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare the state of emergency so as to give security operatives additional operational laws to ensure maximum success in their operations.

Tambuwal said such a declaration would allow operatives to work without concerns about rights violations as the bandits were enemies of humanity.

“Bandits have no religious, ideological or ethnicity inclinations; they were notorious criminals terrorising law-abiding citizens,’’ he said.

He added that the Federal Government should initiate processes for recruiting locals in the areas affected by banditry to complement the efforts of mainstream security personnel to tackle the menace.

“The recruited persons shall serve as Special Forces equipped with right skills and modern firearms to confront bandits since the locals know the terrains.

“After the special mission, the recruited persons could be re-engaged as forest guards to prevent new security challenges.

“In Sokoto State, we outlawed the self-styled vanguards referred at `Yansakai’ whose activities of extra-judicious killings led to reprisals and escalation of the situation,’’ he said.

The governor added that legitimate vigilance groups were being trained and teamed with mainstream security operatives to support the latter’s activities.

“All hands must be on deck to check banditry and to support President Buhari at all levels to contain the situation.

“This situation calls for specialised approach with a holistic support from community groups, religious leaders and other individuals to tackle,’’ Tambuwal stressed.



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