ABUJA, May 28 (Xinhua) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday directed the military to enhance their operations to end frequent attacks by gunmen and criminal gangs in the country.
Buhari gave the order following attacks by gunmen in the northwestern Nigerian state of Sokoto on Wednesday, in which at least 70 people were killed, according to local media.
The government is determined to protect citizens against "remorseless psychopathic mass killers who have no regard for the sanctity of life," Buhari said.
"We are determined to bring these mass murderers to their knees and crush them totally," Buhari said while condoling with families of the victims in the latest attacks.
The Nigerian military has earlier launched a major operation code-named "Operation Accord" to rout out the criminal gangs rampant in the country's northwest and north-central regions.
"This operation will be a full-time and sustained military offensive that is intended to deny the bandits any breathing space to reorganize and regroup," Buhari said.
"As the world and Nigeria battle the coronavirus pandemic, it is tragic and unfortunate that bandits have remained active in parts of the country, killing innocent people and throwing families into despair," he added.