President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to sustain the onslaught on perpetrators of insecurity in the country until they are completely crushed.

He gave the directive in Abuja when security chiefs came to brief him on the successes achieved and problems being encountered in maintaining security in especially the northwest and the north-central sub-regions.

 Speaking with correspondents after the briefing, the Minister of Defence, retired Major-General Bashir Magashi, and acknowledged that the rebellious stance taken by the bandits had become a source of concern.

The Minister said they had appraised their position, and known that they were capable of dealing with the situation, but that they need the co-operation of every Nigerian in the efforts at ensuring peace.

Also briefing newsmen on their meeting, the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba, said all security agencies would continue to work in unison to re-invigorate their efforts, which he explained had already begun to yield good results in the northeast, and the southeast.

He said they had given assurance to President Buhari that they would do their utmost to re-instate security within the shortest possible time.