Mercenaries imported for election responsible for abductions ― PDP

The Peoples () said it is alarmed by the recent escalation of banditry in Niger State as well as other parts of the country, alleging that many of those involved in the acts are mercenaries allegedly brought in by the for the 2019 election.

“The public space is awash with reports that many of these terrorizing Nigerians were political mercenaries brought in by the All Progressive Congress () from neighbouring countries to help it enforce the of the 2019 , but which the and its leaders failed to settle after the , leaving them to unleash their frustrations on innocent Nigerians,” a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary on Wednesday said.

The charged the to speak out on the reports and take immediate steps to “settle their political mercenaries, return them to wherever they brought them from and bring an end to this gruesome attacks on Nigerians.”

It blamed the rising incidents of kidnappings and abductions on the failure of the President -led APC administration to take decisive steps to tackle the scourge.

The party condemned the reported killing as well as the abduction of students of the Government Science Secondary School Kagara, Niger State by , who invaded their school Wednesday morning.

The tasked security forces to go after the outlaws and rescue the children.

It added: “Nigerians were jolted by the Tuesday’s coordinated bandit attacks, kidnapping and killings in several communities in Niger State.

were reported to have on Tuesday, moved from village to village, supported by a helicopter, as they pillaged our compatriots, sacked major highways and held communities in Niger state hostage for several hours without any counter-attack.

“The PDP describes as revealing that while the people of Niger state and Nigerians in other states were under attack by bandits, , including those in Niger state, were busy pursuing their party’s phoney membership re-registration exercise, instead of rallying security and rescue efforts for the people.

“The lethargic stance of the APC administration towards the fight against banditry further validates reports in the public space that the bandits are connected to the APC and enjoying cover under the .

“This probably explains why the APC never raised a strong voice against what has become a national calamity. Instead, are patronizing the bandits and making excuses for them.”

While commiserating with the victims of the Niger attacks, the PDP tasked the security forces to go after the bandits as well as rescue the Kagara school children before any harm comes upon them.

The PDP further urged Nigerians to “remain vigilant and wary of the APC and its activities,” while also calling on patriotic Nigerians to continue to rally around the opportunities created by democracy in the effort to rescue the nation from misrule and ensure lasting security.

(Nigerian Tribune)

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