- Buhari asks Army to join police and flush out criminals in Sokoto and Plateau
- The president gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto state
- Meanwhile, Buratai has directed the Army to support the police in the areas affected
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Army to join the police and flush out bandits from forests around the country, particularly in the areas that witnessed recent attacks.
The president gave the directive in response to the killing of 22 people in Sokoto state, whose community was attacked by armed bandits as well as the reported killing of 10 others in Bassa local government area of Plateau state, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said in a statement.
In a quick response, the chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai has already got in touch with the general officers commanding the army formations in the affected states, directing them to reinforce the police efforts to track the bandits and bring them to justice.
President Buhari also commiserated with the governments and people of the two states, assuring Governors Aminu Tambuwal and Simon Lalong of the federal government’s support in bringing an end to the spate of attacks in the regions.
He prayed that Allah would comfort those who lost beloved family members and friends in the attacks.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Plateau state was plunged into mourning after a fresh midnight attack claimed lives of at least 10 people in Bassa community of Bassa local government area.
The attack, which was carried out on Wednesday, April 1, came barely twenty-four hours after a similar one was carried out in the same local government, living three people dead.
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According to The Guardian, prior to the attacks, two soldiers attached to Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) and two other persons were killed in Katummai village of same Bassa local council.
Plateau state police public relations officer, ASP Simon Ubah Ogaba, said the attacks were true but could not give the exact figure of the casualty.
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