The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Wednesday, passed a resolution calling on the President and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to begin the process of declaring the bandits as terrorist group.
The Senate also urged President Buhari to wage an all-out war against the criminals, including bombing all their locations, to annihilate and eliminate bandits, while also declaring all known leadership of the bandits wanted and track them wherever they are for arrest and prosecution.
These were contained in the resolutions of the Senate, during the consideration of a motion sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gobir Abdullahi (Sokoto East), and co-sponsored by eight other senators.
While moving the motion during a plenary session of the Senate presided over by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Senator Ibrahim Gobir Abdullahi raised the alarm that his senatorial district has become a safe haven for bandits due to the current crackdown in Zamfara State.
He said, last Saturday, 21 security personnel were killed in Dama and Gangara villages by rampaging bandits, in addition to yet-to-be ascertained number of civilians from neighboring villages.
He added: “We are worried that losing such number of trained security personnel will, apart from depleting the numerical strength of the security personnel we have in the country, dampen the morale of our security agents in confronting insecurity, thereby jeopardizing the security architecture of the country.
“We are concerned that while there is crackdown on bandits in Zamfara State, no concrete measures have been taken in Sokoto State, leaving it totally exposed to the activities of the bandits.