FG expedites fight against terrorism with N50bn proposal, says Minister

The Federal Government, FG, is advancing the Kinetic Approach to the battle against terrorism and banditry by establishing the N50 billion Pulako Initiative, according to Minister of Information and National Orientation Mohammed Idris.

Idris stated that the program will target seven frontline states in the fight against banditry and cattle rustling: Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Kaduna, Benue, and Kebbi.

He spoke at an Iftar (Breaking of Fast) and interactive session with media executives and practitioners hosted by his ministry last night at the Armani Events Center in Kano.

He stated that under the Initiative, the Federal Government would construct residences, clinics, schools, veterinary hospitals, empowerment projects, solar energy, and other infrastructure in the most vulnerable neighborhoods to banditry.

He stated that the Federal Government is committed to safeguarding the security and well-being of all Nigerians and tourists to the country.

“Our security agencies have been very busy, doing their best to keep us all safe. The Military has been taking delivery of new weapons and equipment to strengthen the fight against banditry and terrorism. For example, the Nigerian Air Force this month inducted 4 new aircraft into service.

“The Nigerian Military (supported by the Police and Intelligence agencies) has been taking the war to bandits’ and terrorists’ camps and hideouts, especially in the North-West and the FCT, and we are seeing the results.

“The situation in Abuja has been brought under control, every week there is a news report about bandits routed and camps destroyed.

“We are seeing testimonies of people safely making journeys they were not daring to embark upon months ago, like the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

“In February 2024, our Armed Forces neutralized 974 terrorists, apprehended 621 suspects, rescued 466 hostages, and recovered 1,573 weapons,”the minister said.

He also disclosed that the fight against oil theft is ramping up as over 6,000 illegal refineries have been deactivated and over 4,000 illegal pipelines disconnected.

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