Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has ruled out negotiation with bandits, or offering them amnesty.
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The governor stated this on Monday, during a visit to Karewa and four villages in Igabi and Giwa Local Government Areas, where 51 villagers were massacred by bandits on Sunday.
El-Rufai apologised for the failure of his administration to protect the people of the area.
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Four houses and six vehicles were also destroyed in the attack, while the villagers are still searching for their missing family members.
He said: “In Kaduna state we don’t give bandits amnesty and we don’t negotiate with them”.
“If not for the security agencies prompt intervention they would have wiped out the entire villages.
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“I also came to apologise for failure to protect you fully, we are doing our best to minimise such incidents, you should continue to forgive us.
“But we are doing the best we can and we are hoping that this banditry issue will be addressed because security personnel are on ground to manage the situation.
“In Kaduna we have vast land, if the security close one area they attack another area.
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“It is our duty to wipe them out, and until we send them to their maker, the security agencies are taking the war to the forest and we are eliminating them, ” he said.
According to him, security operatives intervened shortly after the attack, both on ground and in the air, and succeeded in killing some of the attackers.
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“The security agencies are doing the best they can, but they find it difficult to get to remote areas in good time due to poor access roads while the natives also find it difficult to get to security personnel due to poor GSM network.
“But I am grateful to the Air force, Army, Police and the DSS for being always prompt otherwise it would have been worse,” he added.
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He urged the people to continue to be patient, vigilant, and support government to win the war against bandits in the state.