- Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq, has been asked by President Muhammadu Buhari to proceed to Zamfara state over killings by armed bandits
- Sadiq is expected to spend two days in Zamfara and Sokoto, to assess the level of killings and damages done in the areas
- Buhari, however, wished those injured in the incident a speedy recovery
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq to proceed to Zamfara and Sokoto states on Tuesday, December 25 and Wednesday, December 26, to assess the level of killings and damages done in the areas by armed bandits.
Daily Trust reports that the president in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the Air Chief would spend the Christmas and boxing days in the two states.
Legit.ng gathered that in the last few years, over a thousand persons have been killed in Zamfara by armed bandits who have sacked many rural villages in the state.
Buhari strongly condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians in Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe local government area and Magami community in Faru district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state, following attacks by suspected armed bandits.
“These horrendous acts of violence are crimes against humanity. This violence must stop,” the president said.
While expressing his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks, the government and people of Zamfara state, the president also wished those injured a speedy recovery.
He reassured residents of states plagued by armed bandits, including Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger, and Taraba, that their safety is an enduring commitment of his administration and he will continue to ensure that security agencies work round the clock to protect local populations.
To this end, a major operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, is being considered to restore peace and stability in the region.
President Buhari conveyed his strong support to the Nigeria Police Force, which has already deployed Special Forces in each of the local government in Zamfara State and the Defence Headquarters’ deployment of a Special Military Intervention Force comprising more than 1,000 personnel to respond to the security challenges in the north central and northwest.
These measures, among others, will be intensified to flush out the bandits from wherever they are.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the killing in Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe local government area and Magami community in Faru district of Maradun local government area of Zamfara state.
In a statement by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity on Monday, December 24, Buhari described the killing as horrendous.
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