- President Buhari has insisted on his order that the military must shoot anyone carrying an AK-47 illegally stands
- The president restated his position when he hosted some prominent traditional rulers at the presidential villa
- Bashir Ahmad, the president's new media aide, shared his principal's video as he reiterated that the shoot-at-sight order stands
As Nigeria battles with armed banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari issued a strong directive to security agencies; he ordered them to shoot anyone found illegally with an AK-47 rifle.
While some Nigerians expressed concerns that the directive may lead to extra-judicial killings, President Buhari has insisted that the order stands.
He emphasised that security chiefs have received marching orders to go harder on criminals, including to shoot anyone found illegally with an AK-47.
President Buhari reiterated this on Thursday, March 11, at a meeting with the national council of traditional rulers of Nigeria at the State House.
To reinforce the directive, President Buhari's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad, has shared a video of his principal reiterating his position on the shoot-at-sight order.
President Buhari said in the video:
“Anybody with AK47 should be shot, because AK7 is supposed to be registered and only given to security officials.”
In another related report, President Buhari on Thursday, March 4, directed the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) to improve surveillance and control around Nigerian borders.
The Nigerian leader said criminals should be prevented from finding Nigeria as a safe haven to hide and perpetuate their criminality.
According to a statement seen by Legit.ng and issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari gave the directive in his speech at the virtual inauguration of the NIS Technology Building.
Similarly, the federal and state governments in Nigeria have recommitted themselves to addressing the mounting insecurity in the country.
At a meeting of the National Economic Council on Thursday, February 18 presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, the governments agreed to ensure swift investigation, arrest, and prosecution of crime perpetrators.
According to the resolution of the council sent to Legit.ng by Laolu Akande, spokesman of VP Osinbajo, both the federal and state governments agreed that the protection of all residents of all states including non-indigenous communities and religious and ethnic minorities is sacrosanct.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_