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Nigeria’s President Buhari, has directed security agencies to go into the forests and shoot anyone seen with AK47, Garba Shehu says.
According to the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, the government is resorting to lethal force to curb insecurity in the country.
“The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47. He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.” he said
The presidential aide also stated during the interview that the no-fly zone placed on Zamfara state was a result of strong indications that choppers were being used to transport arms to bandits in the state.
“Even in Zamfara, there is a strong suspicion that some of those choppers are being used to ferry arms for bandits and also to evacuate gold and illegally smuggled out of the country, so the country loses everything in the mining.
As you are aware, the Nigerian gold market is a big business and the government wants to do two things at the same time by doing this; end banditry and economic sabotage through the smuggling of gold.” he said.
Recall that on Tuesday, March 2, President Buhari placed a no-fly zone on the state as well as banned all mining activities carried out by non-state actors. This directive came following the recent abduction of 279 schoolgirls in Jangena.