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Sultan urges urgent action against criminality, banditry

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The Sultan of Sokoto represented by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has called on the Federal Government to take decisive action against acts of criminality, including banditry and kidnapping.

The JNI also urged the government to reclaim forests where bandits hide to terrorise citizens.

Dr Kahlid Aliyu, the Secretary-General of JNI, made the appeal in a statement issued on Friday, February 19, in Kaduna.

He spoke in reaction to the kidnapping of some students and teachers of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara in Niger.

The secretary-general also urged the federal government to take decisive and bold actions in tackling insecurity threatening the country.

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He further called on the newly appointed service chiefs to see the unfortunate kidnap and abduction in Niger as a wake-up call and a litmus test.

According to the statement, his Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, is in utter disbelief and astonishment that students could be abducted from school, despite the not too long ago Kankara episode.

“This is absolutely incredible, despicable, and condemnable.

“Ordinarily, the school abduction should have been averted, if there were adequate security surveillance and alertness around our boarding schools.

“These unfortunate trends are becoming the new normal.

“Worst still, Kagara town and by extension Niger State has become infamous, given the serial attacks by bandits and other criminals in recent past.

“Isn’t intelligence part of security networking, why is it that these repeated actions have continued clandestinely without a trace?” the statement read in part.

The Sultan further noted that the government seemed not to have learned adequate lessons from the Chibok, Dapchi, and Kankara debacles.

“Unfortunately, these hapless situations appear to have escaped our memories.

“What perplexes us in recent years of these kidnappings and abductions is that criminals brazenly act unchallenged,” he stressed

The JNI observed that Boko Haram might have infiltrated to areas where banditry now thrives.

“Make no mistake, the abduction is a classic example of the philosophical foundation of Boko Haram – that western education is forbidden.

“That is why their targets are always on boarding schools, especially science schools, considered atheistic in pedagogy.

“Government must nevertheless, do everything possible to enhance and secure the territorial integrity of Nigeria from criminalities and spare no efforts to immediately return all the kidnapped passengers and the abducted staff and students unscathed,” he emphasised.

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