Buhari gives new directive to Nigerian Army

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President Buhari

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that the Army join the police in battle to wipe out bandits from forests around the country.

Mr Buhari said this in a statement on Friday, signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

This was in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto State by armed bandits, as well as the reported killing of 10 others in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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In a quick response, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has already got in touch with the General Officers Commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice.

President Buhari also commiserated with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the federal government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.

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He prayed that Allah would comfort those who lost beloved family members and friends in the attacks.

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