Banditry Could Be Worse Than Boko Haram — SGF

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Secretary to Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, has said the Federal Government was dealing with a bigger problem in banditry, which could be worse than Boko Haram.

Boss Mustapha Mustapha, who spoke in an interview with an online newspaper, Premium Times, said the government was, however, doing everything possible to nip in the bud banditry and other violent crimes in the country.

He said: “We have had incidents of banditry, which have taken a new dimension altogether. It is no more kidnapping just for the sake of it.

“Kidnapping is becoming a commercial enterprise and the banditry in the North-West, if care is not taken, will be another insurgency because they come in and take territories and declare lordship over those territories and they dare even authorities and securities agencies.

“There are many aspects of this crisis that are manifesting, but I can tell you that we have tried as much as possible to deal with them. You can see there is relative calm, even in the southern part of the country.

“In the South-South, which was a major challenge at the time we came in 2015 but because of the interface, mediation, negotiation and extending a hand of fellowship and assuring people that they are part of Nigeria and they can make claims for which the government is obligated to listen to them, there has been relative peace even with the issues of self-determination as exhibited in South Eastern part of the country.’

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