Banditry: PDP Lacks Knowledge Of Country’s Legal Structure 

Tunde Bakare

The Federal Government on Tuesday noted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is displaying crass ignorance; explaining that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, May 4, said it was concerned that PDP ruled the nation for 16 years, yet ignorant of the legal structure.

Mohammed was responding to an allegation by the opposition party that kidnappers and also bandits were not being brought to book by the Federal Government.

“The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is apparently aimed at the Federal Government.

“The PDP should, therefore, call out the states, including those being controlled by it; to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.

“Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence is concerned; this Federal Government has successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji, as part of a continuing exercise.

“We are now seeking the cooperation of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists,’’he said.

The minister said the Federal Government was conscious of the challenges facing the nation; and doing everything possible to tackle them.

While calling on Nigerians to support the efforts of the government to tackle the challenges,  Mohammed advised those bent on playing cheap politics with the challenges to have a rethink.

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