Kaduna governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, says he does not believe the term “repentant bandits” exists. He said it’s a misnomer.
The governor, who has never hidden his intention towards bandits, said again on Tuesday that his goal is to kill bandits wherever they are found.
The governor told State House Correspondents this after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
El-Rufai’s visit to the President comes after banditry attacks on Sunday on Kauran Fawa, Marke and Ruhiya of Idasu Ward of Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, which left at least 40 people dead.
The governor was accompanied by his Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
“There is nothing like repentant terrorists. The only repentant bandit is the one that is dead. Our intention in the state is to kill them (terrorists), let them go and see God,” El-Rufai said without mincing words.
He said the locations of bandits is not a mystery but that the military is only toeing the line of caution because of potential collateral damage as an all-out raid could pose threats to civilians.
According to the governor, there are three types of terrorists – Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He said the recent declaration of bandits as terrorists has given the military more impetus to engage them in “real” warfare.
He called on security agencies to be more aggressive towards terrorists and sought the president’s help in deploying more security personnel to the state.