Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has called for launching of a grand offensive against armed bandits in the North-west in order to free the region of the scourge of kidnapping perpetrated by bandits.
Acknowledging the efforts of the military, El-Rufai expressed that though the military had sustained the decimation of the criminal elements using air strikes and ground troops, insufficient attack aircraft and troops had derailed a final clearance operation.
He stated this while speaking in an interview with the British Broadcasting Service (BBC).
El-Rufai opined that a military-led offensive must be initiated to eliminate once and for all bandits operating in North-west forests.
“We must kill all the bandits who must go to the forest and carpet bomb and kill everyone there. This has been our position for the past two years.
“I’m happy to say that this is being done, not in the coordinated manner that I wanted, because I wanted this to happen at the same time in all seven states of the North-west.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have enough planes. We don’t have enough soldiers. We don’t have enough to do this simultaneously. So it’s been done gradually, but there has been a lot of degradation of the bandits.
“I assure you we are killing them. We are wiping out their camps, and the military and the the the air force particularly and the Nigerian army with special forces have been doing a great job.
“Many people don’t know how many attempted kidnaps we have foiled many people don’t know because we don’t talk about it. They only know the ones that have succeeded”, he said.