Minister accused of not knowing meaning of bandits

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The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, has hit out at the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, saying he does not understand the word ‘bandits’.

The attack is in reaction to the interview Dingyadi granted state House correspondents after attending a security meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The minister had told newsmen that the activities of bandits have been curtailed saying “These bandits have already been degraded. So, there is no way they can resuscitate themselves and take over.

“I think they have already been degraded; what they are doing is just a hit-and-run kind of tactics.

“So, we don’t see any sign of them coming to take over or overpower. I think they have been well degraded and they are just trying to show their presence in a very cowardice manner.”

SOKAPU were less than impressed about his claim in an interview its National Public Relations Officer, Mr Luka Binniyat, granted Punchng.com where they faulted his knowledge of the word ‘bandit’.

“This clearly shows that the minister does not know the meaning of bandits. It’s like saying it’s snowing while under a scorching sun.

“Our experience in Southern Kaduna, and indeed, Kaduna State, is that they are getting more organised, more armed and bolder in impunity. They now raid people in the suburbs of Kaduna, a few kilometres from the Kaduna Government House, and kidnap in dozens,” Binniyat told the paper.

According to Cambridge Dictionary, “bandit is a thief with a weapon, especially one belonging to a group that attacks people travelling through the countryside.”

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