In a renewed effort at tackling the activities of bandits in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Army to work with the Police in flushing out bandits from their hideouts, particularly in the areas that witnessed recent attacks.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made available to National Daily, the directive is in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State, whose community was attacked by armed bandits as well as the reported killing of 10 others in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.
In a quick response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has already got in touch with the General Officers Commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice.
President Buhari also commiserated with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the federal government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.
He prayed that Allah would comfort those who lost beloved family members and friends in the attacks.