Why FG Has Not Proscribed Bandits – Lai Mohammed

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The federal has revealed are yet to be proscribed.

The Minister of and Culture, Lai speaking on behalf of the federal said the reason is because don’t go by any name.

made this known in an on AIT’s Kaakaki programme on Wednesday.

He said proscribing the is not what really matters but how they are treated.

“You proscribe known groups with names. You can’t just proscribe an unknown group legally,” he said.

“Secondly, it’s not whether they are proscribed or not, it is the way they are treated. Does the actually treat them with kid gloves? The answer is no.”

also pointed out there is a difference between the bandits and the Indigenous People of Biafra, a group has been proscribed by .

He said, “When a group is championing a course for the disintegration of Nigeria… A group like IPOB () does not even recognise Nigeria as a state, sets its own army and think it is a sovereign state is different from bandits and criminals. Please, don’t compare apples and oranges.”

When asked if the bandits aren’t also threatening the sovereignty of Nigeria by taking arms against the citizens, the Minister said the cases are completely different.

He said, “Security challenges are one thing. Challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria is a completely different thing. Don’t let us dwell on semantics.
Speaking further, he said, “Don’t armed robbers threaten the security of lives and ? They do. Is there anywhere in the world armed robbers have been proscribed?”