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Buhari following due process before declaring bandits terrorists: Defence Minister

Buhari and bandits
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President Muhammadu Buhari and Bandits

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has revealed in an interview that President Muhammadu Buhari is taking the necessary steps and procedures to end banditry by pillaging them as terrorist.

“We are not declaring them terrorists because there is a procedure for doing that.

“When the procedure is followed, they will be classified as terrorists. We are waiting for the procedure to be completed,” the minister said.

Mr Magashi was responding to inquiries from journalists in Maiduguri on why the federal government has been hesitant to label bandits as terrorists.

Both the minister and Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor together with the remaining service chiefs were present in Maiduguri for an assessment of the North-East insurgent campaign

According to the minister, his team had met with the theatre commander and other unit commanders on the improvement of the next phase of operations.

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