The Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu has said President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with an AK-47.
According to Sahara Reporters, Garba Shehu disclosed this in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC.
According to Garba Shehu, the president has decided to clampdown on bandits who have refused to desist from terrorizing Nigeria.
Shehu also added that the government is resorting to lethal force to get rid of Zamfara and other northern states bandits.
“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47,” he said.
“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.”
According to Sahara Reporters, Shehu also disclosed that the Nigerian government has declared Zamfara a no-fly zone due to intelligence reports that arms are being transported to the bandits with private jets
“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 government is losing, the people of this country are losing, that’s why it is said that gold mining is banned for those who are not made by the government,” he said.