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El-Rufai: Schools should be built near military camps to curb attacks by bandits

El-Rufai: Schools should be built near military camps to curb attacks by bandits
April 23
13:34 2021

Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, has advocated for the construction of schools near military camps to curb attacks by bandits in the state.


Speaking during a programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Friday, el-Rufai said the attacks can be foiled if troops are able to get to the affected school within 30 minutes.

On Tuesday, some students were abducted from a private university in what was the third criminal attack on a school in Kaduna this year.

El-Rufai said the state is working on measures to prevent further attacks, including ensuring budgetary allocations to fence schools.


Th governor also said Kaduna needs more troops deployed in affected areas, as the security challenge is beyond what the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) can handle.

“In our view in Kaduna, first (way to address the situation) is to ensure that schools are fenced, because, unless we fence schools, we will give easy access to criminals. So, fencing schools is very important, and that’s a budgetary item; you need money to build fences,” he said

“The second is to have enough (security operatives) on ground. We must have more civil defence (officers), more private security guards, more vigilante people in the schools, and watch towers so that any threat of abduction can be seen in good time so that you can call for help.


“The third is to look at schools and to ensure that they are located no farther than 30 minutes from military installations, because what we are facing with the bandits is beyond the capacity of civil defence and police. We need the army, the air force and navy special forces.

“We have looked at the pattern of abduction in Kaduna and Zamfara, and have come to a conclusion along with armed forces that if the army, air force and navy special forces can get to the location of the schools within 30 minutes, their (bandits’) operations can be foiled.

“Another thing that we have noticed is that these bandits attack rural schools. They often operate at night and they prefer boarding schools. So, that reduces the number of schools we have to protect.”



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    add April 23, 13:45

    Wrong comment, they said that he who fetched an ant-infested wood should expect lizards in his house, so you Fulanis asked for the bandits, don’t run away. You said the south doesn’t support Buhari and how could the south go down that level to support Buhari?

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  2. Olátunde Okedara
    Olátunde Okedara April 23, 17:21

    El- Rufai’s solution is lazy and a capitulation to banditry. What it means in essence is that Nigerian should accept the new normal of banditry; that the government of the day is incapable of doing anything about it. Nigeria with superior arsenal and well trained personnel both at home and abroad at huge costs to the nation is incapable of wiping out rag tag bandits. The government’s show of helplessness imbues the bandits with so much confidence. They have the feeling the government has surrendered to them regardless of it’s braggadocio. How can the president be issuing empty threats again and again without any action from the armed forces. Why are the armed forces reactive but not proactive. Why can’t they take the battle to the bandits wherever they’re. We now all know that fighting banditry is more than a symbolic change of service chiefs.

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