FG asks security agencies to go after non-state actors on watchlist

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Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.), on Tuesday said some unnamed non-state actors causing problems in parts of the country have been placed under security surveillance.

Monguno disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security Council held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the government would not fold its hands while those involved continue with their nefarious activities.

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He added, “All non-state actors that have been causing problems for the innocent people, not just in Zamfara State or the North West zone, but also the North East and other parts of the country in the South-South, have been placed under surveillance by the intelligence agencies. We have had a lot of reports coming in; collusion with people from all walks of life.

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“While the Federal Government is not averse to the application of non-kinetic means to resolve this problem, I need to make it very clear that the government will not hesitate to apply to the fullest its kinetic means to restore normalcy to the country. I am sure you are all aware of the fact that no country will tolerate a group of non-state actors.

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“No sovereign nation will allow a group of non-state actors to bring it down to its knees and render the state in state of panic, apprehension, mistrust, disorder, and so on.

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“Therefore, both the defence and intelligence organisations have been charged that while we look forward to having a peaceful, non-kinetic resolution, we will not allow this country to drift into state failure and with the effect from today, the new service chiefs have been given directives by the Minister of Defence, to reclaim all areas that have been dominated by bandits, kidnappers and other scoundrels of scallywags.”

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He also warned individuals who he said had assumed “a status that is beyond what they should be.”

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He said intelligence report revealed that those in that category were making capital out of the security challenges, especially kidnapping.

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