President Buhari has said his directive to shoot criminals with AK47 stands.
The President repeated this on Thursday while declaring his support for the Nigeria Police Force and expressed his intolerance for all criminal activities in Lagos State and the entire country.
Buhari spoke at the Police College, Ikeja, during the inauguration of security vehicles and crime-fighting equipment bought by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for the Lagos State Police Command.
Buhari said, “We will deal firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our police force or other security personnel. Let me also use this opportunity to reiterate that my directive to security agencies to shoot any person or persons found illegally with AK-47 and any other assault weapons remains in place.”
Buhari commended Sanwo-Olu for the security equipment, noting that it was a move against the setback posed by the wave of #EndSARS protests in the state, which would boost policemen’s morale.
“There is no doubt that these equipment being handed over today will go a long way in boosting the morale of the police and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.
“This is even more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wave of the #EndSARS protests last October which saw the security outfits of Lagos State being severely damaged. It is commendable that Lagos State, the centre of excellence, has shown a truly resilient image in the face of the massive destruction suffered last year October.
“You did not allow yourselves to be deterred by the setback; instead you have bounced back and are now rebuilding the confidence of residents and investors in the state. I acknowledge the initiative taken to kick start the rebuilding process through the establishment of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and through other notable efforts by the state. I enjoin other state governors to emulate your bold, proactive and resourceful initiatives.