President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to shoot anyone seen with AK-47, according to presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
While speaking in an interview with the BBC Hausa, monitored by IgbereTV, Shehu also said that the president has directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.
In November, Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, said bandits move around freely with AK-47 in various parts of the north.
On the efforts being made to rid Zamfara and other northern states of bandits, Shehu said the government is resorting to lethal force against those of them who have 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,” he said in the interview.
“He ordered that whoever is seen with terrible weapons at all should be shot immediately.”