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General News of Sunday, 2 May 2021


Bandits are our children, we should empower them - Gov Umahi

Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, has described bandits as "our children" who need to be looked after.

He allegedly stated that it was necessary to empower them even after causing atrocities.

Governor Umahi made this known during his presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to security agencies as tools for effective operations.

He, however, declared his intention to be a negotiator with bandits in order to address the grievances.

The governor also, directed local government chairmen and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing.

“I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure. The bandits are our children and I am pained when they or the security agencies are killed.

“I want to ascertain their grievances against the Ebonyi or federal government, collate the facts for discussions to commence” he said

The governor seized the opportunity to also dismiss reports claiming members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) or Eastern Security Network (ESN) were after him.

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