Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state has urged the Federal Government to declare bandits as terrorists.
El-Rufai stated this when it was revealed that no less than 888 persons had been killed by bandits in various parts of Kaduna State within the last nine months.
This was disclosed in a quarterly security report presented by the state government.
The report also showed that a total number of 343 people were killed by bandits between July and September this year alone, while 2,553 people were kidnapped by bandits in various communities across the state from January to September 2021.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, presented the report during an enlarged security meeting on Wednesday.
According to Aruwan, the killings are largely due to kidnappings, banditry, communal clashes, violent attacks and reprisals that cut across all ethnic and religious groups in the State.
Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai while sympathising with the victims of the attacks, ordered for the immediate compensation of surviving victims and relatives of the deceased.
El-Rufai also asked the Federal Government to urgently declare the bandits as terrorists to enable security forces to use maximum weapons to dislodge them from their hideouts.