General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff has described illegal bearers of AK 47 as enemies of the country who deserved to be shot on sight as directed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Irabor disclosed this to reporters in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
According to the Nation, Irabor stated that the presidential directive to shoot on sight anyone with an AK-47 rifle was clear and must be implemented.
In his view, the proliferation of illegal arms in the country was a threat to Nigeria’s corporate existence.
“The mandate of the President for dealing with everyone holding AK-47 illegally is a mandate that must be enforced because we are a state that does not condone illegal bearing of arms,” Irabor said.
“The armed forces and other security agencies are the only institutions that are mandated to carry arms in the course of their duties.
“So anyone who is carrying an AK-47 or any other weapon, for that matter, is considered a threat to the existence of the state.
“And because he is an enemy of the state, it must be addressed; so it’s not a question of my view but rather a question of having to carry out the mandate of Mr. President.”
The chief of defence staff also added that the armed forces, in partnership with other security agencies, would do all within their power to ensure Nigeria “know peace again.”
Irabor, who said he was visiting the state for the first time since his appointment, commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support.
“Delta is my home and it feels good to be home, and I said that I cannot come home without paying a courtesy call on the Executive Governor of the state who has done pretty well, giving very credible support to the members of the armed forces and security agencies.
“I am aware of the threat dispositions within Delta even though it is stable now, but we know that there are areas of interest that we will need to do a lot to add value in up-scaling the security disposition of the state, and this is part of what myself and my colleagues were doing.
”I believe that the state will in no time begin to experience greater level of peace and security.”