The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday, in a Press Conference held in Abuja, while addressing statements credited to the opposition People’s Democratic party (PDP) on the security challenges facing the country stated that the prosecution of bandits is not a federal offence.
The Minister said, “The PDP alleged that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice. This is apparently aimed at the Federal Government and it is shocking that a party that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences”.
He further stated that,
“The PDP should 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.”