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‘Declare bandits as terrorists’ – Senate tells Buhari

The Senate on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists, while advising him to wage total war against them.

While calling on Buhari to declare banditry as terrorism, the Senate also urged the president to declare known leaderships of the bandits wanted and track them wherever they are for arrest and prosecution.

The resolutions followed a motion by Senator Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir (Sokoto East) and eight others.

The federal government last year designated the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terror group.

However, experts say the federal government must go beyond the designation of bandits as terrorists by deploying all resources to bring their violent activities to an end.

There was no response last night from the presidency on the request by the Senate to totally bomb all bandits.

Reacting to the Senate’s call for President Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists, a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Adeoye Adedayo, said the federal government should have taken the decision long ago.

According to him, members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not operate up to such a level before they were declared terrorists.

“It was long overdue. The President should have done this since. If we consider the number of the people they have kidnapped and killed, IPOB did not operate to this magnitude before they were declared terrorist,” Adeoye said.

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