Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai has explained why bandits and kidnappers are targeting the state.
The Nation had reported Kaduna and some other states in the North West have been major victims of bandits’ attacks and other violent killings.
Speaking on Sunday during an interview on Channels TV politics Today monitored by The Nation, El-Rufai said he does not think anyone involved in banditry deserves to live.
He 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.”
He further explained the solution to the current security problem is partly state police, which he said Kaduna is working on.
El-Rufai also reiterated his administration’s stance on tracing and prosecuting persons negotiating with bandits on behalf of Kaduna state.
“No civilised society sits back when its sovereignty is challenged…the first thing to do is to wipe out these bandits. This is war. We must fight them to the end,” he stated.