President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the nation’s service chiefs to eliminate the architects of banditry and kidnapping and their sponsors across the country.

According to the National Security Adviser, Major-General Babagana Monguno (retd.), the President gave the directive at a meeting he had with the service chiefs on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking after the meeting, the NSA told House Correspondents that Buhari ordered the service chiefs to end banditry, as he would no longer tolerate their reactionary responses to the surge in criminal activities in the country.

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The President had the meeting with the service chiefs before embarking on his medical trip to London.

Recall that Monguno earlier revealed that some money meant to purchase weapons in the fight against insurgency disappeared under the leadership of the ex-service chiefs.

The former service chiefs include Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin (retd.); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.); Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas (retd.); and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (retd.).

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Speaking during an interview with BBC Hausa recently, Monguno said, “No one knows what happened to the money but by God’s grace, the president will investigate to find out whether the money was spent and where the arms went.”

He explained that the new service chiefs have not received any of the weapons that the former service chiefs reportedly purchased.

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