Buhari to security agents: crush kidnappers, bandits

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari talked tough on Thursday. He directed security agencies to deal decisively with kidnappers and bandits.

“You should spare no effort in breaking the backbone of these savage mass killers and don’t hesitate to attack them with merciless intensity until they are crushed and ultimately defeated,” the President ordered.

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Buhari is worried stiff by the resurgence of kidnapping and banditry in the country.

Yesterday, eight people, including a nursing mother and her one-month old were abducted in Kaduna.

The President of Resident Doctors at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, Dr. Jerry Isogun was kidnapped on the highway in Delta State.

The President urged security agencies and communities under threats of bandits’ attacks and kidnapping to be more vigilant and alert in the light of the latest incidents in Enugu, Zamfara, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna states.

Reacting to the reports of heightened acts of violence and kidnapping, the President in a statement by his spokesman Garba Shehu, said: “in view of the unpredictability of the security situation, our security forces and the communities affected should be ever more alert because these murderous and remorseless criminals would take advantage of your complacency and strike again.”

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The President  said: “The bandits should under no circumstances be allowed to hold the country to ransom on account of security loopholes, which they seek to exploit to strike at their victims.

“The criminals always look for loopholes in our security system to remain in business and active, but we shouldn’t give them the space to achieve this diabolical objective by pre-empting them.”

On the need to be on the alert, Buhari warned that “complacency is a hidden or unnoticed enemy that we shouldn’t take for granted, because doing so could weaken our strategies.”

He noted that the affected communities have a responsibility to help the security agencies with the critically important human intelligence to stop the bandits in their tracks.

The President warned: “The bandits maintain networks of informants among the communities they attack”, adding that “by identifying and reporting these informants to the authorities, it would be by far easier to foil the bandits before they reach their intended targets.”

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