By Babajide Okeowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the latest bandit killings recorded in Zamfara State as an “act of desperation.”
The President position was conveyed in a statement issued on Saturday
“The latest attacks on innocent people by escaping bandits in Zamfara is an act of desperation by mass murderers, who are now under relentless pressure from our military forces who are well equipped to effectively confront these enemies of humanity.
“In keeping with my commitment to tackle the monster of terrorism head-on, let me reassure these besieged communities and other Nigerians that this government will not abandon them to their fate because we are more than ever determined to get rid of these outlaws.
“These criminals will be history because we are not going to relent in our current military operations to get rid of these thugs who have been terrorizing innocent people.
“I appeal for patience from the affected communities, even as I extend our deepest condolences to the survivors and the families of those killed. We are fiercely determined to smoke out and destroy these outlaws who have no regard for the sanctity of life.
“HQ Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force HQ are working together to get rid of these callous criminals. We are acquiring more equipment to track down and eliminate all the criminal gangs that are subjecting innocent people to the reign of terror, including illegal imposition of taxes on the communities under siege” the President said in the statement.
Recall that bandits attacked Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of Zamfara State on Wednesday.
At least four villages were also burnt down in the attacks which started on Wednesday and lasted for about 48 hours.
According to government sources, no fewer than 58 people were killed in the attacks. At least four villages were also burnt down in the attacks which started on Wednesday and lasted for about 48 hours.
Local vigilantes who tried to repel the attacks were among those killed.
While 36 people are said to have been killed in Bukkuyum local government area, 22 others died in the attacks on Anka.
The casualty figures were confirmed by Emirs in both local government and the State Government.
Some unofficial estimates peg the death toll at about 200.