The Presidency has warned Nigerians to be on guard as there is a massive movement of armed bandits from Katsina and Zamfara states sacked by security operatives to neighbouring states.
The Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Dr Amina Shamaki, raised the alarm, urging the security agencies, state governments and all Nigerians to be on guard in order to stop the bandits from gaining access to their states.
Shamaki made the disclosure yesterday in Jalingo, Taraba State, when she led both federal and states security administrators to a meeting, said the massive movement of armed bandits “is an indication that those unrepentant bandits are making efforts to escalate the menace to other areas.”
The Guadian reported that she observed that some Northcentral and Southwest states had started experiencing upsurge in kidnap incidents, saying the fleeing bandits could be behind the crime.
She admonished states presently being terrorised by armed bandits to borrow a leaf from Zamfara State government by continuously dialoguing with repentant bandits.
She noted that such engagements would go a long way to deter the bandits from moving to other states.
Shamaki, however, urged the security agencies to go the extra legitimate mile to dislodge the bandits and prevent them from actualising their dream.