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Defend Yourselves Against Bandits, Minister Tells Nigerians

Bashir Magashi, Minister of Defence, has urged Nigerians to defend themselves in the face of growing banditry in parts of the country.


Minister of defence, Bashir Magashi.

Addressing journalists at the National Assembly com­plex on Wednesday, the min­ister said victims of banditry should resist such attacks and let the criminals know that “even the villagers have the competency and capability to defend themselves”.

He was responding to a question on the growing insecurity situation in the country following incessant attacks by bandits across the North.

Magashi wondered why people are “running from minor things like that”, in apparent reference to attacks by the bandits who he said sometimes carry only a few rounds of ammunition.

“Is it the responsibility of the military alone? It is the responsibility of everybody to keep alert and to find safe­ty when necessary. But we shouldn’t be cowards,” the minister told reporters.

“At times, the bandits will only come with about three rounds of ammunition. When they fire shots, everybody runs. In our younger days, we stand to fight any aggression coming for us.

“I don’t know why peo­ple are running from minor things like that. They should stand and let these people know that even the villagers have the competency and ca­pability to defend themselves.”

Magashi, however, added that the military will always ensure that “no Nigerian is hurt”.

He said although the securi­ty agencies are “so stretched”, they remain “capable of pro­tecting the integrity of this na­tion and will continue to do it.”



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