The unprovoked attack and killing of innocent travelers last Saturday by bandits in Rukuba Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State as one of the attacks in recent time by bandits has brought to the fore, the saddening chapter in Nigeria’s contemporary history.
The attacked travellers were said to be largely Muslims from Ondo State and already in some quarters, sinister interpretations have been alluded to the attack suggesting that Christian bandits may have carried it out. Security agents would have some works to do in this circumstance and this, perhaps informed the quick decision already taken by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Alkali Baba in deploying detectives from various tactical units to Plateau State to unravel the circumstances leading to the attack.
While the Saturday incident remains as bizzare as other ignoble incidents of attack of innocent citizens in the North East, North West, North Central, South West and elsewhere, the common denominator is the question of what do the bandits really want?
The actual reason for the unprovoked attacks and killing spree that permeate the nooks and crannies of the Northern part of the country in particular, by armed bandits in recent time is yet to be understood.
While the reason for Kidnappers’ activities are discernibly understood within the context of lust for pecuniary interest, that of bandits has not been reasonably understood.
It is quite disheartening that Nigerians would wake up from sleep every day to hear of killing of innocent citizens by armed bandits who masquerade from one community to the other.
Prior to the emergence of the bandits and their inclusion in our local lexicon of criminal elements, the Fulani herdsmen have largely been accused of such attacks as they were known to be the attackers of farmers and others who are opposed to open grazing, but the bandits of unknown extraction have since taken over.
The worst is that security agencies have not been able to diligently unmask who the bandits are. Are they people of one ethnic or mixed group? Do they belong to one religious set or mixed religions? What is the unifying elements that make their existence or vulnerability difficult to subdue by security agents?
Now is the auspicious time to get to the root of the matter as the existence of bandits in larger part of the North would certainly create a more difficult ambience for the security of lives and property in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
SECURITYREPORTERS.com would therefore appeal to the Federal Government to introspectively handle the issue of banditry now with a stronger determination to unravel the mystery behind its existence.