Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has urged the federal government to label bandits as terrorists.
Declaring bandits terrorists, according to El-Eufai, would allow the Nigerian military to “kill” them within the bounds of international law.
On Wednesday, he made the statement during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Third Quarter of 2021 in Kaduna.
According to the governor, “We in the Kaduna State Government, have always aligned with the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists.
“We have written letters to the Federal Government since 2017, asking for this declaration because it is the declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in international law.
“So, we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter of support, for the Federal Government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists so that they will be fair game for our military. This is the view of the Kaduna State Government.”
Kaduna State has been one of those affected by the activities of banditry.
Students, religious leaders have been abducted and killed by bandits in the state.