The lawmaker representing Shanga/ taurine/ Ngaski Federal Constituency of Kebbi State, Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu has lamented the rising wave of banditry and kidnappings in his space, saying Thursday’s kidnapping of scores of scholars of the Federal Authorities School, Birnin Yauri merely captures how fearless bandits have turns into.
He mentioned that the bandits gave discover of their assault and ultimately executed their plan with impunity as they overpowered policemen earlier than abducting the scholars. Sununu lamented that Thursday’s operation was the third incident in two weeks within the space, regretting that farmers can not go to farms and that schooling was being badly affected.
Sununu disclosed this throughout a breakfast tv present monitored in Abuja on Friday.
He mentioned; “It’s slightly very unlucky that the safety of lives and property, the welfare of the common Nigerian which is the constitutional foundation for existence of presidency is being compromised.
What actually occurred was that two weeks in the past we had an episode the place bandits residing within the areas bordering Zamfara, Niger after which Kebbi got here to one of many villages in my constituency, killed a police man after which discovered their method till they reached round Ibeto the place now we have a quarry, killed some safety males and kidnapped some Chinese language folks.
“Ten days after they got here to the identical space and operated for greater than seven hours, transferring from home to deal with, room to room, amassing handsets and cows and machines and so they left behind a message that they’ll quickly be coming again. To satisfy their guarantees, yesterday, we had intelligence that they have been of their method coming and so they began round 10:30am and reached their last vacation spot at Federal Authorities School Birnin Yauri.
Though it wasn’t a simple activity, the Cellular police engaged them in accordance with the PPRO and the Counter Terrorism Unit stationed on the gate of the college additionally engaged them and so they, after a protracted interval of exchanging fireplace, they sadly overpowered the police as a result of in accordance with eyewitnesses, the bandits have been greater than 200 on bikes.
“They succeeded in killing one of many policemen and so they acquired entry to the college and kidnapped an unspecified variety of college students and 5 academics. The variety of college students can’t but be ascertained as a result of instantly after the bandits left, dad and mom from close by villages got here and took their wards away and that made it very tough to know the precise variety of these kidnapped”.
The lawmaker nonetheless added that safety forces have been in a position to monitor the situation of the abductors.
He mentioned; “One advantage of it’s that now we have made loads of contacts. As of final evening and this morning, I had a dialogue with the sector commander of Operation Hadarin Daji that they’ve succeeded in getting into into the den of the abductors and I believe this can be a main success as a result of the businesses are actually taking the struggle to the bottom of the abductors. The truth is over 800 cattle that have been rustled some days again have been recovered. There may be additionally loads of casualties on the a part of the insurgents.
“Yauri is now going through an inflow of IDPs. The colleges are nearly closed down for concern of abductions and this can trigger loads of issues to the Emirates so far as schooling is worried. Additionally we’re within the wet season, when our farmers are supposed to have interaction in farming however this has now been interfered with.
“Earlier than this occurred, we had communicated to the safety and I believe they took their time to do surveillance and it was that surveillance that gave them a lot information in regards to the entry routes being utilized by the bandits as a result of they’ve a typical route by the villages. Because of this I believe we must also respect native intelligence.
“As a sovereign nation now we have a bonus over criminals. It’s only the state that controls the airspace and we are able to make the most of the airspace to sort out these parts in order that the bottom forces can go in and do the needful. We’re in a critical disaster. The financial system has nosedived and entry to meals is a critical subject as a result of folks can’t go to the farms or markets.
“The thick forest in Yauri is essential. If you happen to push the bandits from Zamfara, they’ll come to that forest. If you happen to push them from Niger, they’ll come to that forest too.
That may be a very free space that we should care for as a result of from there they’ll enter into Yauri and you’ll think about 300 armed males coming into a neighborhood authorities headquarters. You realize nothing might be carried out to problem them. So, that is the time to weaken them and let the army stay within the areas they’ve taken from them in order that these bandits can’t regroup there once more”, he added.