*Country in serious security crisis – Akeredolu
The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, has lamented that contrary to perception of most Nigerians, the North is not safe.
Abubakar said the activities of bandits has made the region unsafe, stressing that the region is the worst place in the country.
He spoke at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja, Thursday.
The monarch said the AK 47 wielding bandits go around in the villages, households and markets unchecked.
He said: “Security situation in northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation.
“People think North is safe, but that assumption is not true. In fact, it’s the worst place to be in this country.
“Because bandits go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 and nobody is challenging them.”
This is coming when the military attacked a group of bandits in Kugosi and Kajari general areas in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The bandits were located at the boundaries between Kaduna and Niger State.
Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, had disclosed this yesterday.
In recent times, there have been several reports of bandits attacking villages and communities in the North, despite the presence of security forces.
In another development, following the killing of a first-class monarch in Ondo State on Thursday by gunmen, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has described the incident as a sad one for the State.
According to Akeredolu, who visited the scene where the incident occurred, the country is indeed, in a serious security crisis beyond the ordinary.
Theplebisciteworld.com recall that the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, was shot dead at Elegbeka area in Ose Local Government area of the State, along Benin-Owo-Akure highway by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers while returning to his d from Akure, the state capital.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the governor stated that “this is a heinous crime” which he said is too heavy and unbearable.
While disclosing that security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, have already been directed to fish out the perpetrators of the crime, he said all will be done to unravel those behind the act.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu advised that caution should be exercised from making public reference in statements or utterances in respect of the “great loss”.