Bandits: Revenge worsening security – Presidency advises Nigerians

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The Presidency has advised Nigerians against taking the law into their own hands which makes the job of security personnel more difficult, while they should report any security breach or threat to peace to the law enforcement agencies. While reacting to the killing in Southern Kaduna, the President spokesman, Garba Shehu stated that the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna State is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

According to him, “From available records, Southern Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

“But unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand. From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds”, he said.

He further said that it is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult.

He noted that revenge and counter-revenge only creates a circle of violence, thereby making everyone else unsafe, especially innocent people. “What is required is for the local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them forestall any planned attacks”, he said.

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