The Presidency on Saturday, corrected the assertion in public space that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was treating bandits across the country lightly.
Spokesman for Buhari, Garba Shehu, said contrary to that assertion, the president has treated bandits worse than the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
Shehu was responding to a question on BBC pidgin on why the president has not outlawed bandits just as he proscribed IPOB.
According to him, Buhari has done worst to bandits wielding AK 47 than IPOB.
He added that the president only proscribed IPOB but gave a sight-on- sight order to the military against bandits.
He stressed that the military is attacking bandits from the air and land.
The presidential spokesman said: “What the Buhari administration has done to the arms-wielding bandits is worse than being declared as terrorists. There is a subsisting order by the President that any arms-wielding, AK-47 bandits should be shot on sight.
“Yes, IPOB has been proscribed by law of the land; there is no shoot-on-sight order.
“The Nigerian Air Force is busy bombing locations; the military is there on the ground, exchanging fire for fire, taking them out in hundreds, that is certainly not treating bandits lightly.”
IPOB has been accused of masterminding numerous violent attacks against government institutions in the South East in the early part of this year.
On the other hand, bandits have continued to launched series of criminal activities in the North West region of the country. These activities include but not limited to kidnappings for ransom.
Only a few days ago, unknown gunmen attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna, killing two officers and abducted one.
A ransom of N200 million was demanded by the hoodlums for his release. He was however found dead the next day.