President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered security agencies to mop up illegal arms in the country, especially in Nasarawa and Benue States.
Speaking during a one-day official visit to Nasarawa State, Buhari directed the police to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of attacks by herdsmen and other bandits, saying it will not be tolerated by his administration.
The president who was in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to commission some projects executed by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura said, “I want to assure the people of North Central and indeed all Nigerians that the federal government is working day and night to ensure that peace and stability returns.
We have deployed additional resources to all affected areas to maintain law and order.
“The attacks by suspected herdsmen and bandits will not be tolerated. I appeal to Nigerians to refrain from reprisal attacks.
The security agencies have been instructed to arrest and prosecute all persons found with illegal arms.”
The president also thanked the people of Nasarawa State for the warm welcome he received in the state saying, “I am obliged to reiterate Governor Al-Makura’s proclamation that indeed, Nasarawa State is my political home.
“The people of Nasarawa have always been in the change room since the early days of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and the All Progressives Congress (APC)”, Buhari added.