Security operations to raid bandits in Sokoto commendable -Senator
…Urges FG to change service chiefs
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
The recent security operations embarked upon by a joint security forces to raid bandits in Sokoto East Senatorial District have continued to yield positive developments.
The chairman, Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, who reacted on the issue of insecurity as it affects some local government areas within his constituency, also described the on going security operation as “so far so good.”
Senator Gobir, is presenting Sokoto East Senatorial District and stated this during an interview with newsmen in Sokoto recently.
He urged the executive arm of the government to change the present security chiefs so as to allow others to contribute on how best to tackle insecurity in the country.
The lawmaker confirmed that the recent air strike embarked upon by the Nigeria Air Force on the bandits in Sabon Birni area was making an impact, while the army, police, civil defence and vigilante operations have continued to neutralize the bandits’ camps.
He stated that security agents have continued to restore peace and security in some communities witnessing incessant attacks by the bandits.
Senator Gobir maintained that the activities of the bandits, rustling and kidnappers in the country could result to famine if serious measures to curtail the crimes are allowed to continue.
According to him, attacks of both farmers and their farmlands by gunmen may make a serious impact on the nation’s economy, thereby affecting the country’s much agitated food security.
He urged the government to fast track its effort towards ending carnage in the Northern region.
“This is necessary because these bandits have continued to kill farmers and rustle their livestock without being curtailed, as such may cause economic implication – to be famine and hunger in the land,” the Senator said.
Senator Gobir vehemently condemned the negotiations offered to bandits by some state governments, noting that there was no reason for any government to consider negotiations with bandits as an alternative to ending banditry in the country.
The lawmaker argued: “I don’t believe in negotiation with bandits,” as according to him, there is no reason to negotiate with criminals that killed and destabilised the innocent citizens.
The legislator further urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, reinforce additional police personnel in the Sabon Birni area to provide internal security.
He maintained that the presence of the police would encourage people within the liberated communities to go about their normal businesses without fear of being threatened or intimidated.