Kaduna state governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufa’i has urged for the recruitment of 774,000 security personel. 1000 each from the 774 local governments of the federation saying it’d boost fight against banditry and insecurity bedeviling the nation.
The governor make this known while receiving security third quater report for the kaduna state a report presented by commissioner for security and internal affairs Samuel Aruwan.
El-Rufa’i also expressed satisfaction with the move by national assembly calling on federa government to declare bandits as terrorist saying those who kill without remorse again and gain deserved to be called such.
“The military and other security agencies have commenced operations against the bandits. These operations, which began in the third quarter, are degrading bandits but they are not yet simultaneous across all the affected states in the North-West region.
“This reflects the limitations that personnel and other resource deficits have imposed on the federal security agencies. There are simply not enough boots on the ground to have credible deployments in most places to protect communities, deter crime and enforce law and order. I call for a consensus between the Federal Government and the 36 states on an emergency programme of recruitment into the security agencies.
“Government can change the game significantly by hiring 1,000 willing youths from each of the 774 LGAs in the country into the security agencies. This will be a surge in numbers that is unprecedented since the civil war. An influx of 774,000 new boots on the ground will be a significant blow against criminals and an employment boost.
“Many state governments in the North-West and the North-Central have adopted an unconventional approach to help the federal security agencies to better protect our communities. There is no alternative to launching simultaneous operations.
“We in the Kaduna state government, have always aligned with the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists. We have written letters to the Federal Government since 2017, asking for this declaration because it is the declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in international law.
“So, we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter of support, for the Federal Government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists, so that they will be fair game for our military. This is the view of the Kaduna state government. They don’t deserve mercy and they should not be allowed to live.