BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed security agencies not to spare any effort in breaking the backbone of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements, stressing that security personnel should attack the savage mass killers with merciless intensity until they are crushed and ultimately defeated.

The President also said that bandits, kidnappers and other criminals, should under no circumstances be allowed to hold the country to ransom on account of security loopholes which they seek to exploit to strike at their victims.

He therefore called on security agencies and communities under threats of bandits’ attacks and kidnappings to be more vigilant and alert in the light of the latest incidents in Enugu, Zamfara, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna States.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President while reacting to the recent reports of heightened acts of violence and kidnappings after a period of relative inactivity, said that in view of the unpredictability of the security situation, the nation’s security forces and the communities affected should be ever more alert because the murderous and remorseless criminals would take advantage of their complacency and strike again.

He further said; “The criminals always look for loopholes in our security system in order to remain in business and active, but we shouldn’t give them the space to achieve this diabolical objective by pre-empting them.

“Complacency is a hidden or unnoticed enemy that we shouldn’t take for granted, because doing so could weaken our strategies.”

He however, noted that the affected communities also have a responsibility to help the security agencies with the critically important human intelligence in order to stop the bandits in their tracks.

The President said; “The bandits maintain networks of informants among the communities they attack by identifying and reporting these informants to the authorities, it would be by far easier to foil the bandits before they reach their intended targets.”

Commending the security agencies for their dedication and sacrifices, Buhari directed them to redouble their efforts and make life uncomfortable for the bandits.

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