President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the military to drive out bandits from their hideouts and eliminate them wherever they find are.
The directive was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, while addressing officers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 operational base in Katsina on Saturday.
There have been reports of killings in recent months mostly as a result of banditry and attacks involving herdsmen and farmers.
“As the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them,” he said.
“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations.”
The president told the military to be more forthcoming in restoring peace to the country, especially states affected by bandits.
Buhari also assured the troops that the federal government will provide all the needed support for restoration of peace in the country.
“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,” he added.
“Please give my regards to your families. The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families.”