Insecurity: Recruit 774,000 Youths Across The Country To Fight Bandits – El-Rufai Tells FG

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In a bid to tackle insecurity and Banditry across the country, it has been reported that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has urged the Federal Government to declare bandits as “insurgents or terrorists”, adding that the employment of 1000 youths each from the 774 local government would help in tackling insecurity.

The governor reportedly stated this after receiving the third quarter security report from the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in Kaduna on Wednesday.

According to the Governor, “Government can change the game significantly by hiring 1,000 willing youths from each of the 774 local government areas of the country into the various security agencies. This will be unprecedented since the civil war.”

He pointed out that, “An influx or addition of 774,000 new boots on the ground in various security agencies will be a significant blow against criminals and an employment creating opportunity.”

El-Rufai stated, “We in the Kaduna State have called for the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists. We have written letters to the Federal Government since 2017, asking for this declaration because it is this declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in the international law.”

He noted, “So, we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter for the Federal Government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists, so that there will be fair game for our military.”

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