The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has said bandits have lost the right to life under the Constitution and must be wiped out.

The governor spoke yesterday during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture in Kaduna.

El-rufai said: “The bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.

“We are in a war with these terrorist challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.

“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorist, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.”

The governor said the government must identify and deal with non-state actors and others challenging the existence of the country.

El-rufai advised that security forces should be increased and be well equipped to deal with the insurgency, adding that the judiciary must also be decentralised to serve justice.

“To address the banditry prevalent in the Northwest and Northcentral, we must implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) produced four years ago to enable accelerated investment in modern animal husbandry, incorporating the rapid sedentarisation of herders in known locations”, he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLTP provides a framework to transform the Nigerian livestock sector and eliminate farmer-herder conflict by evolving intensive livestock production systems.

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