President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed the service chiefs to flush out bandits, kidnappers, and their sponsors terrorising the country.
VANTAGE NEWS reported that Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo met with the service chiefs earlier on Tuesday.
Quoting Buhari, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.), told State House correspondents that Buhari asked the service chiefs to take the war to the criminals.
Monguno said, “On the issues 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 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.j
“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.”
According to Monguno, Buhari summoned the emergency meeting after meeting with the governors of the North West and North Central zones and Kayode Fayemi, the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum.
He added that “The President has also declared that there will be no adjustment in whatever the National Security Council has already laid out until normalcy is restored.
“He is also aware of attempts by certain elements, working in cahoots with all kinds of people in and out of the country to continue to exploit the minefields, especially in Zamfara State.
“A ban has been placed on mining and that ban has to be enforced. People have to comply with whatever the President has laid out. Of course, we, in the intelligence domain are aware that there are individuals and groups who are planning to link up with all kinds of non-state actors in order to frustrate the efforts of government in implementing the ban on mining, as well as enforcing the no-fly-zone so that no rotary aircraft will land, drop whatever and pick up whatever. That has to be enforced.”