Leave The Forest Now – Northwest Govs To Bandits, Others

File photo: Insecurity occasioned by killings and kidnappings by Gunmen has become a recurring issue in Nigeria since 2010.

Governors of the Northwest zone of the country have asked bandits and everyone hiding in the forests to leave or face the wrath of security agencies.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who announced this decision, said it was taken in their renewed drive to flush out illegal elements and hoodlums who launch sporadic attacks from those forests.

The governor spoke during a special Hausa programme aired on Liberty TV.

“Whoever remains in the forest would be regarded as a bandit. Therefore, the security forces will deal with them ruthlessly.

“Governors would forgive bandits who surrender their arms,” he said.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives minority caucus said the body language of some state actors was encouraging criminality.

Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu therefore called for an investigation of the assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

“We are alarmed by this brazen attempt by outlaws to assassinate a democratically elected governor in our country,” he said.

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