Nigerian Senate has asked Buhari to declare bandits terrorists

Security authorities and Nigerians were alarmed when a Nigerian Airforce bomber plane was shot down in July.
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The Senate in A Plenary Session

The Nigerian Senate has requested President Muhammadu Buhari to designate bandits wreaking havoc in the country's northwestern states as terrorists.

The legislators also demanded that the president issue a warrant for all known bandit leaders and punish them.

On Wednesday, the Senate adopted a resolution presented by a member from Sokoto East Senatorial District, Ibrahim Gobir, and eight others on the red chamber's floor.

Gobir called his colleagues' attention to a recent terrorist attack on a a military installation in Sokoto, in which at least nine soldiers, three mobile police officers, and three Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel were killed.

He expressed concern that losing such a large number of security officers will diminish the country's ability to combat instability.

Due to ongoing military operations in Zamfara, most of the bandits have shifted to Sokoto's Sabo Birni and Isa local government areas, according to Gobir.

“The present military onslaught on the bandits is not well coordinated because it is only being orchestrated in Zamfara instead of all front lines ravaged by banditry. The operation should be holistic,” he said.

In addition to the ransom killings and kidnappings of innocent villagers and schoolchildren, bandits have recently conducted daring and fatal attacks on security stations.

Security authorities and Nigerians were alarmed when a Nigerian Airforce bomber plane was shot down in July.

The Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) was attacked by terrorists in August, killing two military officials. After 24-days in the terrorists' den, the person abducted during the attack was released.

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