A federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has said that Nigeria is at war with “deadly guerilla within the axis of Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger forests.”
He made this statement on his official Facebook and twitter accounts while reacting to the recent killing of eleven soldiers in the state few days ago.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that 11 Nigerian soldiers were killed during an attack by armed bandits on a Nigerian military detachment at Kamfanin Doka, along Funtua road in Birnin Gwari Local government Area of Kaduna State.
The attack occurred on Tuesday night.
A former chairman of the local government who asked not to be identified because he has no authority to speak on it confirmed the incident, adding that three other soldiers and nine members of a vigilante group sustained gunshot injuries.
“The bandits attacked the military based at Kamfanin Doka along Funtua road. Eleven soldiers lost their lives while three sustained injuries,” he said.
“The bandits also ambushed our vigilantes at Maganga, about 44 kilometres from Birnin Gwari this morning (Wednesday) when they were rushing there to assist the soldiers. About nine sustained gun shot injuries. They were rushed to General Hospital Birnin Gwari for treatment,” he said.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the killings. The army has, however, not spoken on the casualty from the attack.
In his post, Mr. Sani said, “The Killings of Eleven soldiers by Criminal elements in Kampanin Doka and the earlier attack in Maganda in Birnin Gwari LG Kaduna state,stands condemned.
“These killings once again confirms the tragedy that has become of the lives of the people of Birnin Gwari.We appreciate the service and the ultimate sacrifices of the fallen soldiers.My condolences to the Nigerian Army and the families of the deceased.This issue as always will be raised on the floor of the Senate.
“We will demand more effort from Mr President to protect the people of Birnin Gwari from the siege and systemic killings.
“When eleven soldiers were killed by ‘bandits’,it cannot just be about banditry.The nation is at war with a deadly guerrilla within the axis of Zamfara,Kaduna and Niger forests.Its time for the President to decisively & effectively act to protect the locals.”
Some Nigerians have reacted to his tweets. Below are the reactions:
Not only the president, we the affected people should also play a role, a very prominent one, not just making noise but given important information that will guide the https://t.co/5kI8Tk6JQ6 apprehend the culprits.
— Ahman Sheikh (@sheikh_ahman) March 22, 2018
I doubt, seriously, if the locals are of any interest to him. I mean how can, when the insurgents are funded through ransom money. Any Ransom paying government is insurgents friendly government
— The Roaring Lion.(TRL) (@Oga__Boss) March 22, 2018
We're really at war with "ghost forces" but can the FG see them coming.
— Uboh E. (@EmelikeUboh) March 22, 2018
As a Senetor of the federal republic of Nigeria what action have you taken beside the tweet …..you owe Nigerians security protection too sir
— Dahiru Machu (@dahiru_machu) March 22, 2018
Sorry but the president is one of them. He has shown it by his attitude. The man who could deal decisively with IPOB and Niger Delta militants. He can't deal with them cause they are executing one agenda.
— Akaelu Dora (@DoraAkaelu) March 22, 2018
As long as the attack will not affect the flow of crude oil Mr President will not budge. Only those that their trouble will affect the flow of oil that Crocodile and Python will smile and dance.
— Ezeudene (@Ezeudene) March 22, 2018
This is what happened in 48hrs in the US. Crime is not in Nigeria alone. The so called developed world suffers more than we do, so stop advertising your ignorance! pic.twitter.com/jbIViO6O0X
— AMIABLE (@aminuAbdl) March 22, 2018
I appreciate you.. for the fact that you are saying things the way you see them, and not considering the damage it is causing to your party that forms the ruling government. May God Guide you in your ways
— MR BASSEY (@donjossy) March 22, 2018
I AGREE WITH YOU SENATOR SANI, ESPECIALLY WHEN BOKO HARAM HAS TURNED TO UBER,PICK AND DROP AFTER RECEIVING PAY.GOVERNMENT WENT TO VARIOUS HOUSES TO RECOVER AND PACKAGE THE GIRLS.
— ALOZIEORJI (@ALBELUSHI1970) March 22, 2018
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