No known bandits ever repent, they rather deserve to die without mercy. This is the submission of the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
While addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, El-Rufai said it is only death that can end bandits evil act.
He said his administration was convinced that bandits should be neutralized to end their nefarious activities.
El-Rufai said he was accompanied by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, to brief the President on the recent attacks by bandits, which led to the death of about 40 persons.
The governor noted that the whereabouts of the bandits were not hidden but that the military was being careful because of the collateral damage its operations could cause to the civilian community.
He said there was little the state could do, if the security forces could not take the war to the bandits’ hideouts.
El-Rufai said he asked the President to give his state more security forces and a comprehensive operation.
On his position about repentant bandits, he said: “There is nothing like repentant terrorists (bandits). The only repentant bandit is the one that is dead. Our intention in the state is to kill them (bandits/terrorists); let them go and see God.”
According to him, there are three types of terrorists: Boko Haram elements, the bandits, and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).