Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, has ordered Mansur Mohammed Dan Ali, the defence minister, to proceed immediately to Zamfara state, where armed bandits killed between 18 and 36 people on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.
Buhari who is now in Daura on a condolence visit to family members, asked the minister to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.
The Nigerian leader strongly condemned the massacre in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, according to a statement by Media Adviser, Femi Adesina. The President also commiserated with the families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks.
According to a report by Leadership, Buhari’s order was issued on Friday, February 16, 2018, a day after suspected gunmen killed about forty-one people in Zamfara state.
The president described the attack on the innocent people of the state as senseless, saying that his government would not leave any stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators are brought to book. He also sent a condolence message to the families of the victims of the Birane Village massacre, and the government and people of Zamfara. He said: “I have directed the minister of defence to proceed immediately to Zamfara state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation there.
“My deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the Birane Village massacre, and the Government and people of Zamfara. “The perpetrators of all of these senseless attacks on innocent and defenceless Nigerians, in all parts of the country, will be made to face the full wrath of the law. “We must and will bring the spilling of innocent blood to an end. May the souls of the dead Rest In Peace.
In a related development, the Zamfara police command has said 18 persons died in a fresh attack by gunmen in Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state.
Muhammad Shehu, the public relations officer of the command, revealed this in a statement issued to the press in Gusau on Thursday.
Shehu said on February 13, hunters from Birani village of Zurmi local government area intercepted and accosted a herder in the bush with some suspected stolen cattle and sheep.
“The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush, but unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.
“On February 14, the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush and there was a clash that led to a fatality on both sides.
“Police/Military and other sister agencies reacted by combing the bush and it’s environs to salvage the situation and discovered 18 dead bodies.
“It is believed that the bandits took away their own members that were killed. Meanwhile, bush combing is in progress so as to further profile the area.
“Mobile policemen/Special forces and other security personnel from other sister security agencies have already been deployed to the area to restore peace and stability,” he said.
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