President Muhammadu Buhari has warned bandits to surrender or face “disgraceful and violent end’’.
In a statement, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said Buhari gave the warning at a meeting with Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina.
The president also commiserated with Masari over the loss of lives in the attacks.
Some of the people who lost their lives to recent attacks include Abu Atiku, district head of Yantumaki in Danmusa local government area of Katsina state, and Abdulhamid Sani, chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Batsari local government area.
According to the president, the bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state and across the country will not go unpunished.
He said more decisive military operations against them in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states.
On Tuesday, Masari announced that the state had pulled out of the peace deal it had with bandits. The state government had entered a peace agreement with the gunmen but they still carried out attacks.Masari said the gunmen betrayed the trust his administration put in them despite doing its best to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.