The Katsina State House of Assembly yesterday called on the federal and state governments to declare bandits terrorists.
The call followed the presentation of a report by its Committee on Security on incessant attacks on people by bandits.
Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar (APC-Dutsinma), said the call was part of its recommendations after the committee’s investigation into activities of bandits.
Abubakar said the declaration of bandits as terrorists would give the military, the police and other security agencies the power to deal with them accordingly.
“During our investigation, we realised that the Security Containment Order signed by Governor Aminu Masari recorded a lot of successes in inhibiting the bandits.
“We have realised that attacks, kidnapping and killing of people by bandits have reduced by about 35 per cent,” Abubakar said.
According to him, the committee recommends that the government reviews the order to eliminate its attendant negative effect on residents of affected areas, but without curtailing its successes.
The House adopted the report after deliberations by the lawmakers.