Following the recent upsurge in terrorist activities in Niger State, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Armed Forces to apply force in their strategic operations in dealing with the situation in the state.
The directive it was gathered may not be unconnected with security reports reaching the presidency, indicating that the incessant attacks on communities by bandits may be as a result of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists who are fleeing theatres of war, particularly in the Northwest and Northeast parts of the country.
A statement on Sunday in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the president had initiated the military operations for Niger State to restore security and calm.
According to the statement, Buhari has expressed sincere sympathies to the government and people of the state following recent security incidents in the state.
The President however reiterated that security is a responsibility of every member of the community and only through solidarity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies can we defeat the problems finally.
“The Federal Government is willing to strengthen support and cooperation with all the states. I believe that with the full cooperation of the citizens, we will surely overcome this problem,” said the President.