Femi Falana Reveals Reasons For High Rate Of Banditry In Nigeria

Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has blamed politicians for incessant killings and kidnappings across Nigeria.

Falana, while featuring on a television programme noted that insecurity in the country increases during election periods, adding that politicians employ them to disrupt election processes.

He stressed that thugs who were armed by politicians during the just-concluded elections were not disarmed, hence the recent increase in banditry.

He said, “The increase in the wave of killings and kidnappings and banditry in recent times has to do with the just concluded elections. The thugs that were armed by politicians were not disarmed.

“They were very busy during the elections attacking people and killing political opponents now they are back in business. Nothing was done to disarm them after the elections. They have been dumped by politicians and they have to look for means of survival of livelihood and that is why we are witnessing this increase.

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“What we are witnessing is a reign of impunity. It is a regular phenomenon. Once an election has just been concluded, you have a phenomenal increase in violence all over the country.

“The Nigerian state has collapsed. The Nigerian state has proven over and over again incapable to guarantee the security of lives and property,” Falana said.


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