Deal Ruthlessly With Bandits, Others – Buhari Orders Security Agencies

SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security agencies in the country to ensure that all bandits, kidnappers and other criminals
are immediately dealt with.

He gave the directive when he met with service chiefs on Thursday at the President Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital where security strategies were reviewed.

Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the closed-door meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, disclosed that the President issued marching orders to the military to ruthlessly address the security challenges in the country.

According to him, the President said that no stone should be left unturned towards securing every part of the country.

The CDS said: “The security meeting we just had with Mr. President today (yesterday) 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.

“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 bordering on our security are properly addressed.”

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who also attended the meeting, gave an update on police operations.

“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.”

Apart from CDS Gen. Olonisakin and IG Adamu, other Service Chiefs at the meeting are; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Ibok-Ete Ibas and Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar; National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno; National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, Department of State Services (DSS) Director-General Yusuf Bichi; Interior Minister Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Danbazzau and Defence Minister Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali.

Government officials in attendance were the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, among others.

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