The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has come out to make some revelations. He said the lingering banditry in the North-West and North-Central Nigeria has an international dimension.
Adamu said this during a town-hall meeting on peace and security held on Wednesday in Zuru, headquarters of Zuru Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
IGP Adamu said:
“We have realized that most of the banditry has an international dimension. The bandits come from outside the country. We arrested Sudanese, Nigerians and Malians, among other nationals.
“We also believe that because of what is happening in the North-East and the fact that the military troops are doing a great job in the fight against insurgency there, most of the bandits are running toward the North-West of the country and we have evidence.
“When we operated in Kaduna, Birnin Gwari, where we attacked a group of bandits. We realized that most of them came from Islamic State of West Africa, who are terrorists, kidnapping for ransom.
“So, the issue is not at the level you are looking at it. It is a big issue and we must work together to address it.
“This is why President Muhammadu Buhari does not rest because of these complaints. Complaints that are coming from the North-West and North-Central on banditry.”