Nigeria’s Police Chief, Mohammed Adamu, says banditry in the northern region has an “international dimension” as most of the culprits are foreigners from neighbouring countries.
The Police IG also revealed that investigations have shown that most of the bandits are members of the Islamic State of West Africa.
Adamu said this on Wednesday while speaking at a town-hall meeting on peace and security in Zuru local government in Kebbi state.
“We have realised that most of the banditry has an international dimension. The bandits come from outside the country. We arrested Sudanese, Nigeriens and Malians, among other nationals,” IGP said.
“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 realised 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.”
The IGP also urged every Nigerian to see the fight against insecurity as a collective responsibility and provide reliable and intelligent information about suspicious elements in society to security agencies.