President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security agents in the country to neutralise any person seen with AK-47.
Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu made the disclosure on Wednesday, during an interview with the BBC Hausa.
The Presidential spokesman spoke in reaction to the Federal Government’s efforts to restore peace in Zamfara and other northern States that is being terrorised by bandits.
“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” he said in the interview.
“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.”
On the ‘no-fly zone‘ order in Zamfara, Shehu said there were strong indications that ammunitions were being transported to the bandits with private jets.
He explained that jets were also used to transport gold from the State to Dubai. He said this prompted the ban on mining activities announced on Tuesday.
He said, “These jets are being used to pick up gold that is being mined in some parts of Zamfara and exported. This is strong because at the moment,” he said.
“There is a Nigerian gold market in Dubai. The government is losing, the people of this country are losing, that’s why it is said that gold mining is banned for those who are not made by the government.”