Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed says kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences.
Mohammed said this at a press conference on Tuesday while reacting to the Peoples Democratic Party’s allegation that kidnappers and bandits are not being brought to justice.
He, therefore, charged PDP to call out states, “including those being controlled by it, to ensure a rigorous prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.
“Meanwhile, PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence, is concerned, this 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.”
The Minister while acknowledging the challenges the nation is currently facing, added that the government is doing everything possible to tackle them.
Mohammed, however, called “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.”