President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, declared Zamfara State a no-fly zone and banned all mining activities as part of efforts to curb the rising activities of bandits in the state.
Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), National Security Adviser (NSA), spoke with newsmen after the security council meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, the service chiefs had been mandated to go after all non-state actors, whose activities had been fueling chaos, for prosecution.
Monguno said that the Buhari had charged the new service chiefs to reclaim all areas under the control of bandits, insurgents and kidnappers and all others involved in criminal activities across the country.
He said the government would not accept blackmail from anyone, stressing that government had the responsibility to assert its will.
Citizens can reside wherever they want to reside. Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book.
The president has also warned against ethnic profiling. We have enough of chaos. Any individual that thinks he can cause disunity should have a rethink.
The president’s directive is coming barely 24 hours after the release of Jangebe schoolgirls who were abducted by terrorists last Friday.
The 279 students arrived in buses Government House, Gusau, at about 4a.m. on Tuesday after an initial report on Sunday about the release of the girls, initially reported to be 317.
Governor Bello Matawalle debunked the report, but promised the girls would soon be released.
The girls were abducted early on Friday from Government Girls School in Jangebe, in Talata Marafa LGA of Zamfara State.
It was the fourth mass abduction by terrorists in the Northwest since December 2020.