BREAKING: Buratai reveals politicians sponsoring kidnappings, banditry

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai, says there is strong evidence that those defeated in the 2019 general elections are trying to revenge by sponsoring kidnappings and banditry. Buratai spoke in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday while receiving chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Army after laying wreath in honour of fallen heroes.

He said: ”Myriads of security challenges we are facing right now in the northwest, north central and other parts of the country, I want to believe and rightly so is the fallout of the just-concluded general elections.

“There are political class interests; politicians in particular who saw their defeats as a way of trying to revenge, sponsoring these criminal activities even the banditry, the farmers and herders (crises).

There are strong political undertone and strong political influences, including kidnappings.” Buratai called on members of the House of Representatives to prevail “on some of these politicians to really look at national interest first before any political or sectional interest. We have some strong evidences, but we are still being cautious so that we don’t get it wrong.

But the best is to advise these politicians.” He said all criminals would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land.

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