President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agents to shoot anyone with illegal possession of sophisticated weapons such as AK-47.
Presidential Adviser on media and publicity, Mallam Shehu, who said this in an interview with Hausa service of BBC, said President Buhari has also directed a clampdown on bandits who have refused to surrender.
The Presidential directive came just as governors of the six states in the North-east, the epicentre of insurgency in Nigeria, unfolded plans to set up a joint security agency to combat insecurity in the zone.
They also pushed for new military approaches to restoring normalcy in the zone.
Recall that President Muhammad Buhari had earlier declared Zamfara state as a no-fly zone and banned mining activities in the state all in his effort to help the state government to fight the current insecurity bedeviling the state.
But the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) kicked against the designation of Zamfara State as a no-fly zone, alleging that it is a ploy to impose a state of emergency on the state by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government.
On his part, Governor Bello Matawalle, says he accepted the “no fly zone” order imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
While featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Wednesday, Matawalle said Zamfara state has no airport.
“The decision of Mr President on the no-fly zone, I accept it and I agree with that, People don’t even know that Zamfara does not have an airport. So, the states that have airports and are encountering this kind of situation, what happens to them?” the governor asked.