- Bring perpetrators to book, President tells security operatives
…we alerted them 24 hrs before gunmen struck – Gov Yari
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms Thursday’s massacre of innocent persons in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. Similarly, former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar has called on Nigerians to be vigilant in the wake of spate of killings by gunmen in many parts of the country. President Buhari in a message of commiseration with families of victims of the attacks on defenceless citizens, described the killings as heinous and inhuman, especially when the incident left many injured and several others losing their lives.
The President, therefore, directed the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an onthe- spot assessment of the situation and report back. In addition, he also directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members in the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law. He assured the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents of the state, that the Federal Government would continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property, not only in the affected state but all parts of the country.
President Buhari restated his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and called for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend. Meanwhile, Atiku, while also calling on the Federal Government and its agencies to ensure “stricter enforcement of ban on the proliferation of small arms and other deadly weapons in the hands of criminals”, urged Nigerians to be watchful and vigilant.
In a statement yesterday by his media office, the former vice president condemned the Thursday’s massacre in Zamfara State in which scores of innocent people were forced out of their vehicles and brutally killed by unknown bandits. He noted that in January, he spoke out against the killings in Rivers, Kaduna, Benue States, adding that he was appalled by the continued large scale destruction of human lives by criminal groups. Atiku Abubakar stated that he was concerned about the frequency of these heinous attacks by criminal gangs.
The former Vice President said the ease with which criminal groups have access to dangerous weapons in the country was worrisome and disturbing. He said: “When human beings are falling like flies repeatedly, ambushed by savage mass murderers and killed in cold blood, I wonder what becomes of the sanctity of life. “Apart from identifying, arresting and prosecuting arms suppliers, there should be an intensification of efforts by our security personnel.” He extended his condolences and prayers to the Government of Zamfara State and families of the victims. (New Telegraph)