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Insecurity: “There Should Be Special Court For Bandits And Kidnappers” – Obasanjo, Gumi

Following the cases of Insecurity and banditry across the country, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and religious leader in the North, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, have suggested that special courts to try bandits, kidnappers and carriers of unlawful weapons in Nigeria should be put in place.

 Both leaders revealed this in a jointly signed statement released, after a closed-door meeting at the Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, on Sunday.

According to the 21- points statement released after the meeting, “Federal Government should take the issue up seriously within ECOWAS to work for a regional solution. Every community must be encouraged and empowered to stand firm and strong against criminals”.

The statement added that “There should be protection and reward covertly for whistleblowers against criminals living in the community. Special courts should be created to deal promptly with cases of banditry, kidnapping, ransom demanding and unlawful carrying of weapons”.

Both leaders agreed that, “Let the slogan be: Security is the responsibility of all Nigerians.

We agree to continue to work together for solutions for the security of Nigeria and to seek others to join us as we widely circulate our joint statement”.

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