Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, on Tuesday, said the prosecution of bandits and kidnappers is not the responsibility of the Federal Government.
The minister stated this at a press conference in Abuja, while responding to a statement credited to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the security challenges facing the country.
Mohammed said banditry and kidnapping are not federal offences.
He claimed that the federal government has prosecuted thousands of terrorists, an offence he described as a federal crime.
“The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is apparently aimed at the Federal Government,” he said.
“It is shocking that a party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences.
“The PDP should therefore call out the states, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.
“Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence, is concerned, this Federal Government has successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji, as part of a continuing exercise. We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists.”