Mass killing of bandits in order, says Ndume
• Buni mourns 30 victims of airstrike in Yobe
• FG tasks media on accurate reportage, renames NAN HQ after Maida
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, has endorsed the ongoing onslaught against bandits, including kidnappers, in the North West geopolitical zone of the country.
Ndume told reporters in Abuja that the resolve by soldiers to take the war to the criminals was in tandem with the rules of engagement in the military.
The Borno senator said that media reports on alleged rights abuses in the war against bandits was misplaced in view of the pain they inflicted on the citizenry in recent times.
Said he: “After hearing this kind of thing, I beg you, the press, to be objective in your reporting. We are facing serious problem of banditry and kidnapping, and it affects all of us. When the army stands up to the occasion and start taking the fight to the bandits and achieving results, the next thing you would start talking about is human rights, mass killings and all that.
“What of the rights of the people that were killed, the women raped and the ambush to kill our soldiers?”
GOVERNOR Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has commiserated with the families of 30 victims of airstrike at Buhari village in Yunusari Local Council.
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jet, on Wednesday, mistakenly fired at villagers, while conducting aerial patrols along the border areas with Niger Republic.
Spokesman to the governor, Mamman Mohammed, stated yesterday, in Damaturu: “It could have been an accident or mistaken air targets, but the government will collaborate with security agencies to investigate the cause of yesterday’s incident.”
MEANWHILE, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has appealed to the media to put Nigeria first in their reportage and report accurately the efforts by the state and federal governments to tackle the challenges facing the country.
He argued that for any professional, including a journalist, in Nigeria to carry out their responsibility at all, the nation must first exist, in peace, warning that “if the country goes down, all professionals, including the media will go down.”
Speaking at the official renaming of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) headquarters after the late Managing Director and Board Chairman, Wada Maida, yesterday, in Abuja, the minister decried the manner the media report the security problem in the country. He stressed that the present administration had not only acknowledged the challenges, but was earnestly tackling them.