Buhari Calls for Improved Response to Kidnapping and Banditry
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on security agencies and communities under threats of bandits’ attacks and kidnappings to be more vigilant and alert in the wake of the recent incidents in Enugu, Zamfara, Adamawa, Katsina and Kaduna States.
This was revealed in a statement issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Thursday.
He said this in reaction to the recent reports of heightened acts of violence and kidnappings after a period of relative calm.
According to the President, "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.”
While noting that the criminals always look for loopholes in our security system in order to remain in business and active, the President stressed that Nigerians must not give them the space to achieve this diabolical objective, by pre-empting them."
President Buhari added that "complacency is a hidden or unnoticed enemy that we shouldn't take for granted, because doing so could weaken our strategies."
The President, however, noted that the affected communities also have a responsibility to help the security agencies with the critically important human intelligence in order to stop the bandits in their tracks.