The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Army, Abdulrazak Namdas has said that the people that shot at Nigeria military aircraft are terrorists and should be treated so.
Namdas position was shared by the Head, European and International Cooperation of Konrad Adenauer Tiftung (KAS), Dr. Vladimir Kreck, who also said the attack has terrorist connotation and beyond banditry.
These were revealed at the capacity building workshop on conflict reporting for journalists organised by KAS and Premium Times Centre for investigative journalism (PTCIJ), in Abuja.
The two leaders tasked newsmen to identify criminals properly, given the kind of sophisticated weapons they carry and their capacity to bring down a fast-flying attack jet.
They noted that the security situation in the country was deteriorating by the day, which called for decisive action against the activities of bandits, while expressing fear that the enemies might be winning.
Namdas said that terrorists should be called by no other name.
He said: “We should be able to define who is actually a terrorist or cattle rustler because those who are called bandits have moved one step forward because of the kind of weapon they use. If a bandit can go to the extent of bringing down a fighter jet, that is no longer banditry but terrorism.