Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has suggested a proactive solution on how to flush out bandits terrorizing people of the State.

Speaking on Arise Tv on Monday, the Governor said security operatives should “carpet-bomb forests” where bandits are located and after the operation, the trees around the affected forest can be replanted later.

El-Rufai admitted that carpet-bombing the forests would lead to collateral damage but insist it’s the more practicable solution.

The Governor said lack of manpower was responsible for the prolonged inability of security operatives to curb banditry in the northwest.

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In his words: “These bandits operate in the periphery because their hiding place is in the forest. It’s a major problem. The security agencies are doing their best but they are overstretched.

“The reality is we don’t have enough boots on ground to address the myriad of security challenges that we face, and these security challenges are asymmetric, widespread, and there’s no part of Nigeria that doesn’t have one security problem or the other.

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“Ramp up the number of boots and more technology and more investment in armament and wipe these guys once and for all.

“I’ve always believed that, you know, we should carpet-bomb the forests; we can replant the trees after. Let’s carpet-bomb the forests and bomb all of them.”


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