Due to the insecurity challenge confronting the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47 rifle. This was revealed on Wednesday, March 3 by Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in an interview with the BBC Hausa.
Garbu revealed that the president directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender. This development was made as part of the synergy made by the federal government to bring to end the reign of banditry in Zamfara as well as other northern states.
Shehu noted in the interview that the government is resorting to lethal force. “The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,”
He added that the president has given a strict order to shoot aside anyone seen with terrible weapons. Shehu also spoke on the declaration made by the Federal government declaring a no-fly zone in Zamfara. He added that the the decision was made following information that arms are being transported to the bandits with private jets.
He insisted that the jets are also used to haul away gold from the state to Dubai, which, according to him, prompted the ban on mining activities in the state which was announced on Tuesday.
“These jets 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 cable quoted him saying.
Further speaking he added that the federal government and the people of this country are losing, therefore, the ban is necessary.