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Why we have not declared bandits as terrorists – Defence Minister

Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has said that the delay in declaring bandits as terrorists is caused by the need to follow due process.

Magashi, gave the explanation on Friday, in Maiduguri, while fielding questions from journalists.

NAN reports that the Defence Minister stressed that there was a procedure that needed to be observed before such a declaration

“We are not declaring them terrorists because there is a procedure for doing that.

“When the procedure is followed, they will be classified as terrorists. We are waiting for the procedure to be completed.”

Magashi who was in Maiduguri with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor and Service Chiefs on an assessment visit of the fight against insurgency in the North east, expressed satisfaction with the successes so far recorded.

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