The military and other security agencies have been called upon to take the fight to the bandits and other criminal elements with a view to flushing them out of their hid-out in the forests.
The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial district, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa made the call while reacting to the killing of five Soldiers and a Mobile Policeman by gunmen in Alawa in Shiroro local government area of Niger state on Thursday.
Musa said it will not be out of place if the military and other security agencies take the fight to the bandits and other criminal elements with a view to flushing them out of their hid-out in the forests “since they have turned the forests to their abodes from where the unleash mayhem on innocent and peace loving Nigerians”.
The Senator described as shocking and totally unacceptable the massacre of the security men by lawless and blood thirsty bandits saying everything should be done to exterminate them once and for all.
He however said, “Closing the camps is not the solution to the problem since chopping off the head has never been the solution to persistent headache, what we should do is to devise new methods of tackling insurgency and banditry.
“The closing of the camps will open the communities to more attacks by bandits”, he said.
He therefore commiserated with officers and men of the Nigerian Army and those of the police as well as the families of the deceased security operatives who lost their lives in the attacks by these bandits and pray to God to grant the souls of the departed eternal rest and their families the fortitude to bare the irreparable loss.
“I charge their families to take this ugly incident as an act of God and that these our loved ones died in the service to the nation”.
According to him, “the government must come up with a new approach to address the security challenges in my constituency and the country in general”.
Sani Musa while lamenting the killing of those five soldiers and the Mobile policeman when armed bandits invaded their camp at about 2;00am on Thursday, expressed worries that the nation was losing too many of it’s trained personel to bandits and even the Boko Haram elements which requires the top echelon of the armed forces to re-stretagize to protect our soldiers and other Security Agents.