The governor of Kaduna state has advised the federal government to carpet-bomb forests serving as an abode for bandits to wipe them out “once and for all”.
el-Rufai stated this on Monday when he appeared in a programme on Arise TV. According to him, the prolonged inability of security operatives to curb banditry in the northwest region is due to “lack of enough boots on the ground”.
He noted that more investment in security personnel, technology and military equipment would see bandits wiped out “once and for all. These bandits operate in the periphery because their hiding place is in the forest. It’s a major problem. The security agencies are doing their best but they are overstretched.”
“The reality is we don’t have enough boots on the ground to address the myriad of security challenges that we face, and these security challenges are asymmetric, widespread, and there’s no part of Nigeria that does not have one security problem or the other.
“Ramp up the number of boots and more technology and more investment in armament and wipe these guys once and for all.
“I have always believed that, you know we should carpet bomb the forests; we can replant the trees after. Let’s carpet-bomb the forests and bomb all of them.
“There will be collateral damage, but it’s better to wipe them out and get people back to our communities so that agriculture and rural economics can pick up.”
NewsWireNGR recalls Kaduna is one of the northern states with numerous reports of bandits attacks and killings.
The state government on Sunday, January 2, disclosed that bandits in separate attacks on three Local Government Areas of Igabi, Chikun, and Zango-Kataf in Kaduna State have killed seven persons.