From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday demanded from the military, a crushing response against bandits holding sway in the North East.

The president who condemned repeated bandit killings in Zamfara and Kaduna states, ordered the military to respond to the worrying situation in a language that the bandits understand.

No fewer than 50 persons were reportedly killed in fresh attacks by bandits in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

On Thursday, 40 people were reportedly killed in attacks on five communities in Faru district of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The affected villages in Zamfara included Gudan Baushi, Gidan Adamu, Tsauni, Gudan Maidawa and Wari.

The bandits were said to have stormed the communities on motorcycles and shot indiscriminately at the residents.

In the early hours of Friday, ten persons were also confirmed killed in Warkan village of Zangon Kataf LGA, as well as Kakkau area of Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari noted that the military and other security agencies were now working on new methods and policies that were yielding good results in many of the troubled parts of the country and called for “a crushing response to the killing of innocent citizens in the rural communities.”

He also maintained that the nation, its military and the entire population needed to summon the courage required to defeat the bandits and terrorists.