By Godson Ikiebey-
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, April 11, 2019 said he had directed heads of security agencies in the country to clear the bandits killing innocent citizens in Zamfara State and neighbouring states immediately.
According to him, kidnappers operating in all parts of the country should be given a similar treatment.
The President had met with service chiefs and heads of other security agencies behind closed doors specifically to address the Zamfara nightmare and the rising kidnapping incidents in the country.
President Buhari’s directives is coming five days after Operation Puff Adder, a security joint operation targeted at tackling banditry in Zamfara and kidnappings along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, was launched.
The discussions at the meeting were communicated to journalist by the Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olonisakin. He said that:
“The security meeting we just had with Mr President today (Thursday), was to review the strategy that we are adopting in confronting security issues in Zamfara State especially and other places nationwide.
“This review of 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”.
According to him, President Buhari gave specific directives on what to be done in the days ahead.
“Yes, the marching orders are 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 on our security are properly addressed”.