Kidnapping, Bombing Of Rail Track Acts Of Terrorism, Not Banditry.
According to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, kidnapping, bombing and assault on the people in some parts of the country must be aptly addressed as terrorism
Castigating border infiltration and recent train service disruptions as acts of banditry, Akeredolu said such crimes must be treated as terrorism and the perpetrators treated as such.
The governor delivered his remarks at the 27th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja on Monday.
While expressing concern about the country’s recent level of insecurity, Akeredolu stated that he has always believed that multi-level policing is the best way to secure the country.
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He claimed that a country with failing security and justice systems is doomed.
“There is no terrorism in Ondo State.” Conflicts between farmers and herders, as well as kidnappings for ransom, are a problem in our area. We have drug abuse and self-determination agitation.
“In Ondo State, we have always preached multi-level policing. Layers of security are important to us.
“You have committed criminal trespass.” It should be dealt with by the government. All we had before Amotekun was a police officer who had the authority to make an arrest but was unwilling to do so.
“In Ondo state, things are changing and have changed dramatically. If you trespass on someone else’s property today, the Amotekun will come after you and arrest you.
“They compensate the farmers, and if they fail, they go to court.” It is the only way to communicate with people.
“If the law does not catch up with you after you commit a crime, another person will do it,” he said.
On open grazing, Akeredolu said it was a culture that should be discouraged for the sake of those involved.
He noted that the topic of grazing routes was not one he wanted to bring up and that those were issues from the past that should not be brought up again.
“Speaking on behalf of those of us who have enacted anti-open grazing legislation. He stated, “We have our reasons and we make no apologies.”
The summit’s panellists included Akeredolu, his Kaduna state counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, and others who discussed Nigeria’s security challenges.
Meanwhile, many Nigerians, including Northern Governors and the Nigerian Senate have asked President Muhammadu Buhari To Declare Bandits As Terrorists, the President has refused to declare the bandits terrorists but was quick to proscribe the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, seeking to separate themselves from Nigeria.