The Senate Committee Chairman on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, has said bandits, terrorists, and other criminals must not be spared in the onslaught by the military and other security agents.
He said, terrorists, bandits, and other criminal gangs, who are being bombarded across the northern part of the country, have lost their “human rights” the moment they picked arms against the state and the people, cautioning those who warn security agents to be mindful of human rights of criminal not to “play the devil.”
The lawmaker representing Borno South Senatorial district maintained his position that terrorists should be wasted at a go once they are caught, while he lamented the huge casualties they have wreaked on innocent citizens in the past years.
Senator Ndume stated this when asked to speak on operations of the military in the Northwest and in other places with regards to human rights of criminal elements by journalists in Abuja.
He chided those blaming the military for not being conscious of the human rights of bandits in their operations, stressing that in war there were bound to be casualties.
He said: “We are facing serious armed bandits and it affects all of us and when the army stands to the occasion, the next thing you people start talking about is human rights, mass killing, and others, so what do you want the military to do? Not to fight? Not to have casualties in the course of the fight?
“One of the major problems in this country is the press. Instead of playing the angel, they play the devil. Why don’t you play the angel? We are fighting this war and I don’t know if you are from the North West and go there to see what these people have made life to be.
“If we can identify bandits that have been killing people recklessly, we don’t have to waste time to kill them. When do we start talking about human rights, which right? What of the right of people that were killed, what of children that were killed and what of women that were raped and when the Nigerian Army stands to ambush them, then you start asking me about human rights.”
He insisted that the military should go ahead killing them while the legislature would do all it can to provide the needed legislative backing for them.