Buhari reacts as ’50 killed’ in fresh attacks in Sokoto

President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]
President Muhammadu Buhari [Photo: Presidency]

Armed attackers on Sunday and Wednesday invaded Sabon Birnin Local Government Area of Sokoto State and killed over 50 people as they celebrated Eid al-Fitr, residents said.

Residents said the attackers returned to the same communities on Wednesday hours after Governor Aminu Tambuwal visited the area following the initial attack.

The first attack on Sunday occurred hours after the police in Sokoto issued a statement assuring residents of adequate security as they celebrated Eid.

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure members of the public of the preparedness of the Force to provide adequate security for lives and property before, during and after the celebration,” the police spokesperson, Muhammad Sadiq, said.

Some residents told PREMIUM TIMES that the “bandits” numbering over a hundred stormed their communities on motorcycles shot indiscriminately and killed unchallenged. They said at least 50 bodies were buried in the two attacks.

Affected communities include Kuzari, Katumi, Masawa, and Dan-Aduwa. The peasant communities are located a few kilometers away from Sabon Birnin council headquarters.

President Muhammadu Buhari reacted to the incidents Thursday, saying the attacks were “unfortunate”.

Sokoto state on map
Sokoto on map

“As the world and Nigeria battle Coronavirus pandemic, it is tragic and unfortunate that bandits have remained active in parts of the country, killing innocent people and throwing families into despair,” presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu quoted him as saying in a statement.

“We will not abandon you to your fate because we are determined to bring these mass murderers to their knees and crush them totally.’’

READ ALSO: Nigerian senator blames police over Sokoto killings

According to the statement, Mr Buhari “notes that a major military operation code-named “Operation Accord” was launched by the military, targeting the bandits that had been tormenting North-West and North Central states.”

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal (Photo Credit: BBC)

“This operation will be a full time and sustained military offensive that is intended to deny the bandits any breathing space to reorganize and regroup.’’

President Buhari reassures Nigerians that the government is determined to protect them against “remorseless psychopathic mass killers who have no regard for the sanctity of life.’’

Gov Tambuwal said the development was “most discomforting” considering the fact that he and security officials visited the area on Tuesday.

“I received with rude shock and maximum displeasure the killings of many citizens of Sabon Birnin by bandits,” Mr Tambuwal said.

“We are working concertedly to tackle this problem, I commiserate and console, once again, the resilient and peace-loving people of Sabon Birni and environs.”

Dangote adbanner 728x90_2 (1)

Later on Thursday, the police said the commissioner, Mr Sadiq, was with the governor on a visit to the affected areas and “search and rescue operations are ongoing and final reports on casualties are being tallied.”



Coronavirus factsheet


Advertisement

PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.

Donate


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...



BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required

DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application