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Lai Mohammed to PDP: Kidnapping, banditry not federal offences

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The Federal Government on Tuesday berated the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for displaying crass ignorance that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences, Lai Mohammed clarified.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, May 4, said it was shocking that PDP ruled the nation for 16 years, yet ignorant of the legal structure.

Lai Mohammed was responding to an allegation by the opposition party that kidnappers and bandits were not being brought to book by the Federal Government.

“The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is apparently aimed at the Federal Government.

“The PDP should, therefore, call out the states, including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.

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“Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence is concerned, this Federal Government has successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji, as part of a continuing exercise.

“We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists,’’ he said.

The minister said the Federal Government was conscious of the challenges facing the nation and doing everything possible to tackle them.

While calling on Nigerians to support the efforts of the government to tackle the challenges, Lai Mohammed advised those bent on playing cheap politics with the challenges to have a rethink.

Meanwhile, the presidency has raised an alarm over the plot by some disruptive elements to throw Nigeria into turmoil.

This was contained in a statement issued by a Presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina on Tuesday, May 4.

According to Adesina, the aim of the disruptive elements is to create a situation whereby a vote of no confidence would be passed on President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Further unimpeachable evidence shows that these disruptive elements are now recruiting the leadership of some ethnic groups and politicians around the country, with the intention of convening some sort of conference, where a vote of no confidence would be passed on the President, thus throwing the land into further turmoil,” the Presidency statement partly read.

“The caterwauling, in recent times, by these elements, is to prepare the grounds adequately for their ignoble intentions, which are designed to cause further grief for the country.”

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