Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said it is not the duty of the federal government to prosecute bandits and kidnappers.
The Minister said banditry and kidnapping are not federal offences and is therefore whithin the power of the states.
Mohammed said this on Tuesday at a press conference in Abuja, while reacting to allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice.
He said, “It is shocking that aparty that ruled this nation for all of 16 years does not know that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences. The PDP should therefore call out the states, including those being controlled by it,
to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.”
The minister further noted that terrorism is a federal offence and the 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”, he said.
He added, “We acknowledge the challenges we face as a nation and we are doing everything possible to tackle them. We call on all Nigerians to support the efforts of the Federal Government to tackle the challenges. We advise those bent on playing cheap politics with the challenges to have a rethink. This is no time for politics”, he added.