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FG treats bandits worse than IPOB – Presidency



Garba Shehu is Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) Presidency South South

The Federal Government of Nigeria has argued that it treats bandits worse than the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

According to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the Presidency under the leadership of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has done worse to the bandits in the North as opposed to the IPOB fighters in the Southeast.

Garba opined that the Federal Government only proscribed IPOB, but gave a shoot-on-sight order against bandits.

Shehu, who spoke on BBC News Pidgin, was reacting to a question on why the Buhari’s administration has not outlawed bandits just as it proscribed IPOB.


He stressed that the military is attacking bandits from the air and land.

According to Shehu: “What the Buhari administration has done to the arms-wielding bandits is worse than being declared as terrorists. There is a subsisting order by the President that any AK47-wielding bandit should be shot on sight.

“Yes, IPOB has been proscribed by law of the land; there is no shoot-on-sight order.

“The Nigerian Air Force is busy bombing locations; the military is there on the ground, exchanging fire for fire, taking them out in hundreds, that is certainly not treating bandits lightly.”

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