Show No Mercy For Bandits, Kidnappers, Others – Buhari Orders Security Chiefs

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BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday ordered the nation’s security chiefs to show no mercy to bandits and others criminal elements currently terrorizing citizens across the country.

He directed all security agencies to urgently put their acts together and deal ruthlessly with bandits, kidnappers and other security challenges so that Nigerians do not continue to live in fear.

Briefing State House correspondents after about two hours closed door meeting with the President, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, said the President ordered that no efforts should be spared in ensuring that every part of the country is properly secured and safe for the citizens.

According to him, “The security meeting we just had with Mr. President today is to review the strategy that we are adopting in confronting security issues in Zamfara State especially and other places nationwide.

“And this review strategy is to address all the issues including kidnapping, banditry and other associated issues confronting the nation. And we are coming out with a revised strategy to handle those challenges.”

On the President’s marching order to the security chiefs, General Olonisakin said; “The marching order is for us to deal with this issue immediately and ruthlessly and ensure that all those bandits are immediately dealt with and all those issues that are bordering with our security are properly addressed.”

In his remarks at the briefing, Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also said the frequent kidnapping on the Abuja-Kaduna road is being effectively addressed.

Assuring that the route is now very safe for motorists and travelers generally, IGP Adamu said; “I want to assure Nigerians that Kaduna-Abuja roads are now safe. We have cleared the roads, we have arrested a lot of kidnappers and in confrontation with some of them; some were fatally injured.

“So the road is cleared. Our patrol teams, the combined security services that are patrolling the road are constantly there, 24 hours.” Adamu said.

Among those at the meeting in the Presidential Villa Abuja were Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonishakin; Chief of Army Staff (CAS), Lt. Gen. Yusuf Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen Abdulrahman Dangazzau; Minister of Defence, Brig-General Mansur Dan-Ali; and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Monguno.

Others included the Director General, Department of Security Service (DSS); Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu; and the Director General of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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