President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday the 11th of March 2021, reiterated that the new security chiefs have been commanded to go harder on bandits. He said they have also been ordered to shoot anyone found illegally with an AK-47 rifle. He said this at the Aso Villa during a meeting with the national council of traditional rulers.
The statement as revealed by the Presidential spokesperson Femi Adesina, says that President Buhari’s tenure has recorded significant successes in the North-East and the South-South areas of the country regarding security.
“What surprises is what is happening now in the northwest, where the same people with the same culture are killing each other, taking their livestock, and burning properties. As a result of that, we had a four-hour meeting with the National Security Council attended by the Ministers of Internal Affairs, Defense, Foreign Affairs, Service Chiefs, Chief of Defense Staff, the Inspector-General of Police, and others we gave clear instructions.
One thing that got to the press which I read myself was that anyone with an AK47 will be shot. This is because AK-47 is supposed to be registered and it is only given to security officials.
We closed the borders for some years but the intelligence report I am getting on a daily basis is that those who are conducting the abductions, the killings, and so on are still not short of arms and ammunitions.”
In attendance at the meeting were the Security Chiefs, the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd), Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar.
Also in attendance were the Sultan of Sokoto, the Ooni of Ife, the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the Etsu-Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, King Jaja of Opobo, Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Emir of Bauchi, Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, Emir of Gwandu, Muhammad IIiyasu, and the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi.