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General News of Tuesday, 11 January 2022


Prepare for bloody nose – Defence Chief, Irabor to bandits

Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor

The Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor has said the Military will clamp down on bandits after they were officially declared terrorists.

Mr Irabor made this known when he appeared as a guest on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) programme, ‘Good Morning Nigeria’, on Monday, January 10, 2021.

According to him, declaring bandits as terrorists is what men of the military have always wanted noting that the armed forces will change their tactics in the fight against bandits.

"The issue of gazetting the bandits as terrorists is news that is quite gladdening. That has always been what we had desired.

“What it means is that our tactics, techniques and procedures that we use in handling them certainly would have to change and that is why, I believe going forward, I am sure you will be reading what the outcome of those engagements are.

“Gazetting them as terrorists give it a global disposition that will enable other key global actors to now take certain action against them. For me, it will only get better and we will give them the bloody nose that they so desire.”

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami early this month gazetted bandits as terrorists.

Malami said the step was taken after an Abuja Federal High Court proscribed the activities of all bandit groups in the country.

The North has seen an increase in the activity of banditry in recent time, with States like Katsina, Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara recording more casualties.

Schools, religious centres, and commuters have been attacked, while students, religious leaders, and commuters have been kidnapped and killed by bandits.

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