The Defence Headquarters has launched an investigation into a video clip on social media of some soldiers engaging with bandits somewhere in Katsina State.
Its probe is to ascertain the authenticity of the clips as regards the soldiers seen in uniform.
A statement issued last night, its Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, said the military high command was aware of the resolve of some bandits to repent and hand over their weapons to the authorities.
The statement stated that the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, has assured Nigerians that the military would “engage in every lawful means possible to ensure peace and stability reign in our dear nation.
“The DHQ assures Nigerians that its non-kinetic measures aimed at restoration of peace are yielding results, with several bandits and other criminal elements surrendering to authority.
“Governments at all levels are encouraged to allow bandits genuinely willing to surrender to do so while the window is still open.
“The DHQ is doing everything possible to restore peace and tranquility all over the country and urge all citizens to remain calm and be law-abiding.”