Stop kidnapping, killing poor people, Buhari warns bandits


President Muhammadu Buhari has warned bandits to stop going after soft targets, threatening to unleash his administration’s “massive firepower” on them should they remain contumacious.

Mr Buhari gave the warning for the umpteenth time in a statement released by his spokesman Garba Shehu on Thursday while reacting to bandits’ latest onslaught in Zamfara.

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“The violence against poor villagers who are struggling with poverty and other severe economic challenges is not going to be tolerated by this administration,” Mr Shehu quoted his principal as saying.

The president in his typical response, claimed 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.

“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 firepower.”

While charging security agencies to redouble their efforts, he directed them to take immediate steps to close all existing gaps in their operations exploited by criminals to wreak havoc.

“Despite the latest setback in our efforts to protect our citizens, there will be no compromise in our determination to defeat these enemies of humanity,” he assured.

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