President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to shoot anyone carrying arms.
The president’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, made the announcement in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa service.
Buhari also directed suppression of bandits who refused to surrender. “The president has ordered security forces to go into the bushes and shoot whoever they see with sophisticated weapons like AK-47”, Shehu said.
Bandits have been terrorising north-western States in recent years. The outlaws engage in murders and kidnap for ransom.
Benue State governor, Ortom and Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, had clashed over a comment made by the Bauchi governor that Fulani herdsmen should be allowed to carry AK-47 for self-protection.