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Insecurity: Nothing like repentant terrorists — El-Rufai

...the only repentant bandit or terrorist is the one that is dead


Kaduna Governor Nasir el-Rufai says there is nothing like repentant bandits as the only repentant ones have been killed.


According to the governor, the policy of the state is to “dispatch the terrorists attacking innocent people to their creator to answer for their crimes against humanity.”


El-Rufai made his position known on Tuesday, while briefing State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent attacks by terrorists in the state.


He said the whereabouts of the bandits are not hidden.


“The military are mindful of the collateral damage they could cause the civilian community, and therefore cannot go to the bandits’ locations.”


The governor therefore asked for the intervention of the President for deployment of more security forces and for a comprehensive operation.


El-Rufai charged the security agencies to carry out aggressive operations against the terrorists, even as he stressed the need for more recruitment to be ramp up in the military and the police as the few number cannot successfully carry out operations in the 36 states of the federation.


“There is nothing like repentant terrorists. The only repentant bandit is the one that is dead. Our intention in the state is to kill them, let them go and see God.


“There are three types of terrorists — the Boko Haram elements, the bandits and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) — and the recent declaration of bandits as terrorists by the court has given the military more power to wage war against them,” the governor said.


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