President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the massacre in Sokoto State on Sunday evening by sending a stern warning to bandits on their imminent end.
Buhari made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday, October 18, 2021.
1st News reports that the President was reacting to the bloody massacre of over 30 residents at a crowded market in Sokoto. The incident, which occurred on Sunday evening, had seen bandits surround the market; opening fire sporadically in all directions. The death toll has been put conservatively at 30 but eyewitnesses say many more were killed.
In a statement signed by Buhari, Malam Garba Shehu; the President’s spokesman, said the president has warned that the days of the bandits are indeed numbered; notably because the military capabilities of the armed forces are being boosted by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment.
“The bandits are living in fool’s paradise of invincibility. But reality will soon dawn on them harder than ever before. The bandits are currently under desperate pressures because of the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hideouts by our security forces.
“The cowardly attacks on innocent people by the bandits show a rearguard action of criminals under pressure.
‘‘But they will have no place to hide…Our gallant security forces will not relent in the current offensive to defeat these callous enemies of humanity,” the president emphasized.
Furthermore, Buhari has appealed to all Nigerians not to despair.
He disclosed that his administration is determined more than ever before to protect Nigerians from murderous criminal gangs; especially those that have no respect for the sanctity human of life. Additionally, the president extended his sympathy to the families of the victims of the Goronyo attack; even as he called on the people to continue to be patient; especially as the military strategizes on how to deliver the crushing blow to these bandits.
Meanwhile, 1st News had reported that Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal had attributed the rise in the nefarious activities of bandits in the state to the relentless military operations in neighboring Zamfara state.
The governor stated this when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, visited him on Monday in Sokoto.
Tambuwal appealed for more efforts to contain the security challenges; even as he confirmed that on Sunday, a gang of bandits attacked communities in Goronyo Local Government Area in the state; killing scores of people. He emphasized that more security presence and collective strategies were needed to contain the increasing security challenges bedeviling the state and nation at large.