President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday ordered the service chiefs to completely take out bandits, kidnappers, and their sponsors in order to restore peace in the country.
Buhari gave the directive when he met with the service chiefs at the presidential villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital, ahead of his medical trip.
The Nigerian leader warned that the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by bandits and kidnappers is no longer acceptable.
Babagana Monguno, the national security adviser (NSA), who briefed State House correspondents after the meeting, quoted the president as saying all the decisions approved at the national security council meeting in February remain enforced.
The decisions include a ban on mining activities in Zamfara and the no-fly order imposed on the State.
According to Monguno, Buhari insisted that the status quo should be maintained in Zamfara to curb the insecurity in the State.
“On the issue of kidnapping and banditry, this menace still persists, especially in the north-west and the north-central zones. Mr President has been very emphatic, he has stated very clearly that this problem must be brought to an end, but using the traditional methods that the armed forces have been trained to deploy.
“Mr President has made it very clear to both the intelligence and operational elements that the first assignment will be to identify the leaders of these bandits, kidnappers and take them out, in order to restore confidence in those areas.
“Mr President has said that he will no longer tolerate a situation whereby bandits and kidnappers are the ones dictating the pace and setting the tone and he will not also condone a situation in which our own operations are reactionary rather than being proactive.
“He has also indicated his willingness to provide all the resources required by our own troops in order to put down these criminals. They must be brought down with all the ruthlessness that is required and whoever is working in collaboration with them will be brought to book,” he said.