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Lai Mohammed: Why bandits can’t be proscribed like IPOB in Nigeria

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed, has said bandits can not be proscribed like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB because of their lack of identity and affiliation to a group.

Mohammed, disclosed this while featuring on AIT’s Kaakaki programme.

He stressed that how bandits are treated is what matters and not about proscribing them.

Mohammed said, “You proscribe known groups with names. You can’t just proscribe an unknown group legally.

“Secondly, it’s not whether they are proscribed or not, it is the way they are treated. Does the government actually treat them with kid gloves? The answer is no.

“When a group is championing a course for the disintegration of Nigeria, a group like IPOB (that) does not even recognise Nigeria as a state, sets up its own army and thinks it is a sovereign state, is different from bandits and criminals. Please, don’t compare apples and oranges.”

When asked if the bandits aren’t also threatening the sovereignty of Nigeria by taking up arms against the citizens, the Minister said the cases are completely different.

He said, “Security challenges are one thing. Challenging the sovereignty of Nigeria is a completely different thing. Don’t let us dwell on semantics.”

Speaking further, he said, “Don’t armed robbers threaten the security of lives and property? They do. Is there anywhere in the world that armed robbers have been proscribed?”

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