The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News 25 Sep, 2020 07:30 am

FG denies persecuting Christians, earmarks N13b for community policingNigeria

FG denies persecuting Christians, earmarks N13b for community policingNigeria
Abuja has dismissed allegations from the west that it was persecuting Christians in Nigeria.

United Kingdom lawmakers, legal experts and campaigners had expressed concerns over the killing of Christians by bandits and the Federal Government’s seeming laid back attitude to the development.Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said: “The President and government of Nigeria welcome the seriousness of the letter from UK lawmakers, legal experts and campaigners.The army spokesperson revealed that the Air Component of Operation Thunder Strike killed several armed bandits at their meeting venue, arrested a bandit on a motorcycle to Dandalla, Maru Council of Zamfara State.Leaders of the group made the call in a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari, signed by the spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, and its Zamfara State coordinator, Bilyaminu Aliyu.

MEANWHILE, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has called for the arrest of some politicians linked with sponsoring armed bandits.The letter, which was sent through Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, noted that the security situation in Zamfara, which had hitherto improved, was literally deteriorating by the day, with disturbing reports of bandits and their internal collaborators exploiting a huge vacuum in political will to undermine security efforts.

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