Sokoto Killings: President Buhari Makes Important Promise, Vows to Flush Out Bandits
- Sokoto state has become the epicentre of kidnapping and banditry as terrorists have taken hold of some community
- Residents in the state now live in fear following the recent killings that rocked the state and has generated concerns in the polity
- In reaction, President Muhammdu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the federal government would do all it takes to flush out bandits and end their activities in the country
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Sokoto state- President Muhammadu Buhari has restated the federal government’s commitment to flush out banditry perpetrators and protect citizens from onslaught of all forms of criminal activities in the country.
Buhari gave the assurance on Friday, December 10, when the federal government delegation paid a condolence visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal over the killings of 23 travellers by suspected bandits.
This is contained in a statement by Malam Muhammad Bello, Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, on Saturday, December 11, in Sokoto, The Punch reports.
The president’s condolence message was delivered through the Head of the Federal Government delegation and National Security Adviser, retired Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno.
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Monguno commended Tambuwal for shelving an official trip, to receive the federal government delegation at short notice.
Monguno was quoted as saying in the statement:
"We are in Sokoto on a specific mission instructed by President Buhari, to condole with you and the very good people of Sokoto State as well as the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, over the unfortunate incidents that have been occurring over the last couple of weeks.
“Mr President is deeply troubled that fellow citizens had to go through this trauma. He has charged to make sure that all the relevant agencies do not rest until we are able to flush out the perpetrators of not just these last two incidents that occurred, but also previous incidents.
“Top security chiefs in the country are here, an indication that Mr President wants us to address this issue in order to provide comfort to the people of Sokoto state."
Responding, Tambuwal said Sokoto state was in the appalling grip of bandits and kidnappers marauding and scaring the populace in recent times.
Tambuwal said the situation was exacerbated by the influx of bandits and criminals displaced by the ongoing “Operation Hadarin Daji,” to end the nefarious activities in neighboring Zamfara.
It was gathered that Governor Tambuwal had earlier confirmed 23 travellers killed when the bandits attacked and burnt their vehicle on Monday, December 6, in Isa LGA of the state.
Nigerian Air Force moves against bandits in Sokoto, achieves unbelievable feat
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the wife and mother of a notorious bandit popularly known as Bokkolo in Sokoto state were reportedly trapped as fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force bombarded his residence in the state.
It was reported that the Air Force which launched its attack in a joint operation with the Nigeria Army, Air Force, Police, DSS, among others succeded in killing many lieutenants of the bandits in Sokoto state.
A resident confirmed that during the operation, Bakkolo's wife, mother and many of his gang members were trapped and likely killed inside the house.