Sep 20, 2021

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Banditry: Facts, Fallacy, Future of a Threatening Menace in Northern Nigeria

To some, the actual identity of people described as bandits is still a mystery, a phenomenon that works quite well for these hard-hearted criminals as they are in the vicious endeavor of the Beating terror is successful in most parts of northern Nigeria.

There is even a popular belief that bandits are foreigners who have invaded the region through its increasingly porous borders and focus on places where the presence of the state or the federal government is best not felt and in the worst case absent.

In any case, they are at least people and As such, they can be tracked down, arrested, prosecuted and imprisoned if they deserve it.




As reported by the BBC, these motorcyclists operate insurgents who were once cattle thieves aren, often from abandoned forest reserves after discovering the lucrative new industry of kidnapping.

They are known to be the latest to join the ranks of terrorists in the last decade Groups recorded that in many northern states, including the president, had no fewer than 8,000 deaths in their accounts. Muhammadu Buhari, Katsina Katsina Governor Bello Masari insisted that the bandits were mostly Fulani Muslims like himself, adding that he was careless to be attacked for making such a revelation.

Fight against terrorism

As part of its contribution to the war on terrorism, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently ordered all telecommunications providers to provide services in Zamfara ( one of the brut The Guardian had reported.

The aim of the NCC is, of course, to interrupt the chain of communication between the kidnapping syndicates and thus relieve tension in the affected areas.

This effective effort came on the heels of coordinated counter-attacks by the newly formed Nigerian military. A Punch publication noted that this is causing many of the Boko Haram and ISWAP insurgents to begin surrendering to the armed forces, unable to hold back the heat while those who tried to flee are captured by troops


However, this fight seems to have suffered some setbacks due to what some see as advocacy for the bandits. At this point, a contested Islamic clergyman, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, comes to mind.

Although Gumi has repeatedly refused to appoint a mediator, some of his controversial remarks make him in a sense Wise many Nigerians as the mouthpiece of the criminals. He recently said that continuous attacks on bandits can transform Nigeria in Afghanistan.

Punch quoted him directly:

“Any further action will bring you closer to religious fanaticism. It protects them from discrediting them as thieves and also increases their mobilization of gullible young unemployed youth, as we saw at Boko Haram.

“These measures that I have listed are cheaper , simpler and more sustainable than the kinetic approach that is taking place now. No military, especially with a weak economy, can win a guerrilla war. The recent Taliban victory in Afghanistan is a factual warning to all who think about it. ” >


Despite the loss, destruction, mutilation and senseless killings by these men of the underworld, there is new hope that time is running out for them Arms and ammunition supply, including the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) takeover of 12 Super Tucano fighter jets from the United States, benefits the government more than its declared enemies.

Building on this and the repositioning of the military, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) said that troops from various units are more inspired than ever to bring the battle into the bandits’ enclaves and an end to their rule.

Yahaya also advised the armed forces to work together to destroy the ranks of these criminal elements.

He said:

“The sooner we all realize that no service can do this on its own, the better we as an armed forces and a nation can master the current security challenges.”

President Buhari is holding a discussion to the exclusion of the Public m it service leaders

Meanwhile, President Buhari chaired the 7th Curity Meeting on Tuesday, which some ministers and Nigerian service leaders attended in the presidential villa in Abuja.

Among those present are Defense Minister Bashir Magashi, Federation Prosecutor General (AGF) Abubakar Malami; and the chiefs of service under the direction of the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor.

Also the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, and the Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, including Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama