President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction of property following the banditry attacks in recent days. He urged the Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, Garba Tambari, to console his people, and citizens in the entire state over “these heart-wrenching tragedies.”
On Sunday, the police in Zamfara confirmed that 18 people were killed when bandits attacked Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state. President Buhari reiterated his administration’s determination to do everything it would take to secure the state and the nation in general, and would bring such attacks to an end.
He disclosed that a major operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, was being considered to restore peace and stability to affected areas.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the unabated killings, saying it is deeply worried and shared in the anguish of the victims and relations of the slain.
The opposition party while accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of paying “lip service”, asked the President to provide adequate security for Nigerians even as the killings across the country escalates. While commiserating with the people, the PDP called for calm and full cooperation with security agencies to track down and bring the marauders to book.