Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday visited the Presidential Villa in Abuja to find a solution to the high spate of banditry in the north west region.
Lamenting over the high spate of banditry in the Northwest, El- Rufai however said that Nigerian security agencies have been doing their best to contain the menace.
“The Sokoto story only hit the headlines just a few days ago, but in Zamfara, in Kaduna, in Niger, in Katsina, this banditry has become a northwestern scourge and we have been battling it with the support of the military.
“We are very grateful to the Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Army and in our own particular case, even the Navy has been holding fort Southern Kaduna.
“We have been dealing with this issue and our concern now is with the operations in Sokoto and Zamfara.
“Many of the bandits will move to Kaduna; this is part of the reasons I am here, I will be meeting with the Minister of Defense and the Service Chiefs to try to get more military activities, some operations to be strengthened.’’
Futher stating that activites of the bandits would affect agriculture unless it was dealt with, El-Rufai however said that the Chief of Air Staff had assured him that whatever was needed to be done to wipe out the bandits and to enable farmers go to farm as the rains advanced would be done.
“We are confident that things will get better. It is most unfortunate that we have had to deal with it in the Northwest in the same way that Boko Haram ravaged the Northeast.
“These bandits are also becoming a serious problem in the northwest; but the problem is being addressed.’’