Bandits carrying AK-47 to be shot on sight – Nigerian Government

The crackdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari on bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements terrorising Nigerians, has been extended.

Security agents have been given the order to shoot anyone found carrying AK-47 illegally, the Presidency said on Wednesday.

Helicopters that violate the ‘no fly zone’ slammed on Zamfara State will also be brought down as the government goes tough on banditry and other criminal activities in the country.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu, who stated this yesterday, spoke on the Hausa Service of the BBC.

National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno on Tuesday announced the Presidential directive that Service Chiefs should be hard on criminal elements to secure Nigerians.

Asked if the President’s directive to security agencies to go after abductors of the Zamfara schoolgirls and bring them to justice is not too weak, Shehu said: “What can be stronger than the fact that the President has directed the operatives to shoot anyone seen with dangerous weapons like AK-47, on sight, in as much as the person is not a security operative.

“Government is doing this with all seriousness. The President equally directed that the security should go after them and kill them except they lay down their arms.”

Giving an insight into the ‘no-fly zone’ order on Zamfara State, he said: “There are reports not only in Zamfara State but also in some parts of northern Nigeria, that drones and helicopters are being used by miners. There are allegations that weapons are being taken into the bush to the terrorists.

“And these planes 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, there is a Nigerian gold market in Dubai. The government is losing, the people of this country are losing. That is why mining was stopped for unlicensed miners,” he said.

He added that security operatives had been instructed to take action on any aircraft found flying in the area.



– The Nation

About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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