The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Usman, has said bandits in the North West deserve death and not dialogue.
The Emir was speaking during a security stakeholders meeting on Tuesday in Katsina.
The Emir made this statement in a meeting with the Emir of Daura, Umar Faruk Umar, Governor Aminu Masari, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and others.
Some states in the North has suffered in the hand of Boko Haram terrorists and in recent years in the hands of Bandits who have turned the states to killing and kidnapping fields.
Controversial Islamic cleric, Abubakar Gumi, has been campaigning for dialogue with the bandits and granting them amnesty.
The Emir said since the bandits have decided to go after people’s lives, they also “don’t deserve to live”.
Mr Usman similarly lamented the delay in prosecution and punishment of offenders, saying “this is not good in serving as deterrent to other criminals.”
According to the monarch, governments at all level must rise and punish the bandits accordingly, stressing that no one should resort to banditry in the name of settling scores.
The governments in some of the states like Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Sokoto have cut telecommunications services, banned the sale of petrol in containers and suspended weekly markets among other measures taken to support a military operation against the bandits.