Armed groups will be met with “maximum firepower” – military

Armed groups will be met with "maximum firepower" - military
Armed groups will be met with “maximum firepower” – military

The Nigerian airforce declared on Wednesday that the military will use its full force to combat the armed groups that are threatening the country’s general election in February if they are not dealt with.

Niger Delta people are routinely targeted by Islamist rebels and kidnapped and killed for ransom in the country’s northwest.

There are fears that the terrorists’ networks may be extending to other parts of the country, as they have carried out a number of strikes outside their northeastern enclave

“The security situation remains fluid and unknown,” Nigerian Air Force (NAF) head Air Marshal Oladayo Amao told commanders at a Tuesday meeting, according to a statement posted by the NAF on Wednesday.

Terrorists pose a security threat to the country, thus operational commanders should “show no mercy and guarantee they utilise maximum firepower against them,” Amao warned.

There has been no military response to the government designation of bandits as terrorists early this year, in part due to the military’s focus on combating the insurgency. As a result, the bandits are free to wander.

Late on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that the Nigerian government has granted security forces “complete freedom” to deal with and put an end to this craziness.

After a series of attacks by gunmen in three northern states over the weekend that left dozens of people dead, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the nation.

Days after local allegations of an attack on a checkpoint near the capital, the Nigerian police said it has deployed additional staff around Abuja to boost security on Tuesday.

When Nigerians go to the polls in February to elect a new president to succeed Buhari, who is barred from running for another term by the constitution, security will be a crucial consideration.

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