President Muhammadu Buhari has warned bandits that his administration has the capacity to crush them.
Buhari sounded the warning in the wake of the killings of residents of some Zamfara communities by bandits.
TheCable had reported that more than 25 people were killed in attacks on Gobirawa, Rini, Gora, and Madoti Dankule in Bakura and Maradun LGAs in Zamfara — the death toll has since risen.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the communities on motorcycles and shot sporadically, on Wednesday.
Reacting to the development, Buhari said the “insane and persistent violence against innocent people must stop”, adding that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later”.
“These criminals should stop pushing their luck too far by believing that the government lacks the capacity to crush them,” the president was quoted to have said in a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, on Thursday.
“The violence against poor villagers who are struggling with poverty and other severe economic challenges is not going to be tolerated by this administration.”
The president directed security agencies to close all existing gaps in their operations while expressing hope that the special operation launched by security agencies will prove decisive in ridding the state of the “frequent and horrifying” bandit activities.
“Let’s not give these criminals any opportunity to succeed by taking the war to their own camps and stop them in their tracks before they even have the time to respond under our massive fire power,” the president added.
Buhari reassured residents of the state of his administration’s determination to defeat the enemies, despite the latest setback.