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Banditry will soon move to the south, says Gov el-Rufai

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GOVERNOR Nasir El-Rufai has suggested that banditry and other criminal vices in his state could soon escalate to the south if nothing is done.

The governor disclosed this at the ‘Fountain Summit’, an event organised by the Ekiti Government today.

He called for a collaborative effort between the federal, state governments, and Nigerians in combating terrorism.

According to Governor el-Rufai: “Remember once upon a time, Boko Haram was only in north-east. Now, the biggest fear we have in the north-west is that they are relocating to the north-west because they are being chased out from the north-east by ISWAP.

“When they are chased out of the north-west, where do you think they will come? Somewhere else. It is something we should all be concerned about; not only federal and state collaboration, but also across the country.

“Don’t see what is happening in Kaduna and say it is not my problem. It will be your problem one day, unless it is solved.”

The governor also admitted security challenges across the country, stressing that Nigerians should be concerned.

“We have security challenges, but our investors know where their assets are and they know that those assets are safe and we’ve never seen the headlines of security affecting our inflow of investments.

“But we must work on improving security or more than that, we must stop this ‘us versus them’ mentality and collaborate more closely,” he added.

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