The Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (Retd.), has on Friday, stated that due process must be followed before the armed Fulani bandits can be declared as terrorists by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, .
He stressed that there is nothing else that can be done, adding that, they are waiting for the procedure to be completed.
The Defence Minister made this known in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, while fielding questions from Newsmen.
His exact words: “We are not declaring them (armed Fulani bandits) terrorists, because there is a procedure for doing that.
“When the procedure is followed, they will be classified as terrorists. We are waiting for the procedure to be completed.”
Speaking further, he expressed satisfaction with the successes so far recorded by the Military, in the North-East, in the fight against insurgency.
He said that his team met with the Theatre Commander and other Component Commanders, to deliberate on the next phase of operations, adding that, the meeting also identified the problems that require urgent attention to enhance the operations.
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