The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has said bandits operating in the northwest are becoming a nuisance.
Magashi made the remark while hinting at the urgency to deal with bandits.
He made this public after President Muhammadu Buhari met with security chiefs at the State House on Tuesday.
Addressing reporters, the minister said the insecurity challenges in the north are a cause of concern to the country’s leadership.
According to Magashi: “From the meeting, we believe that the spate at which these things are happening in Zamfara State and north-central is a source of concern to the government and to all agencies that are responsible for the execution of the operations in the north-central.
“We discussed the need for urgency in our dealing with the bandits. We believe they’re becoming a nuisance; killing people, they are doing what they like, they make careless statements, they say what they think they should say in order to solicit the kind of audience they want from the society.”
The activities of bandits have been on the increase in the northern part of the country.
Schools, religious centres and security formations have been attacked by these bandits lately.
Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Katsina states are worst-hit by the activities of banditry.