Ali Ndume, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Army, has voted against granting blanket amnesty to bandits.
According to Ndume, it has a proclivity to breed new forms of criminality in Nigeria.
The Borno South senator spoke on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“I don’t believe blanket amnesty is the solution,” Ndume says, “because if you do so, another form of crime will arise in the hopes that the government will get them to the negotiation table.”
He added: “This is not a conventional war, we are not fighting another country. We have the forces on the ground, but they need what it takes, especially modern equipment for surveillance, monitoring, and intelligence gathering.”
Note that bandits requested a blanket amnesty last month after kidnapping some students and workers from the Government Science College in Kagara, Niger State’s Rafi Local Government.
Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, a well-known Islamic cleric, told Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello of the bandits’ demands.
Recently, bandits have been on the loose in states such as Niger, Katsina, Zamfara, and parts of Northern Nigeria.