Killings: Buhari 'immediately' sends Defence Minister to Zamfara *Zamfara Gov 'neglects' victims, flies to Daura

By Editor on 16/02/2018

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Mansur Dan Ali, minister of defence, to immediately visit Zamfara state over the killing of 41 persons by suspected bandits.

Dan Ali is from Zamfara.

On Thursday, gunmen attacked a vehicle at Birane village in Zurmi local government area of the state. The bus was conveying some persons to the community market.

The attackers reportedly slit the throat of the driver before opening fire on the vehicle, killing all on board.

In a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu Buhari directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state.

The president assured residents of the state that the federal government would continue to see to their safety.

“The President commiserates with families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens which left many injured,” the statement read.

“President Buhari directs the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd) to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.

“In addition, he directs security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.

“The President assures the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents in the state, that the Federal Government will 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 restates his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and calls for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend.”

Meanwhhile, Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yar is among the 13 governors currently meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina state.

The governor, who has reportedly not visited Zamfara since suspected bandits killed 41 persons, left Abuja for Katsina on Friday.

Unknown gunmen had attacked Birane village in Zurmi local government area, killing dozens of residents.

Premium Times reported that the governor was not aware of the incident as of Thursday.

The newspaper said when it contacted Sanda Danjari, the state commissioner of information – on Thursday, he said he was yet to confirm the incident.

“I heard it on Radio France this morning, but I am yet to confirm,” Danjari was quoted to have said.

He was quoted to have said he had tried “without success” to speak with the governor regarding the incident.

Yari, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), was in Abuja on Thursday.

He chaired a meeting of the forum and also attended the national economic council (NEC) meeting.

Although the police claimed 18 persons were killed in the incident, residents told journalists that at least 41 persons lost their lives.

In a statement, Muhammad Shehu, spokesman of the state police command, had said the incident was a conflict between hunters, local vigilantes and the bandits.

He said hunters in the village had accosted a cattle rustler but unknown to them, the cattle rustler later “mobilised bandits from Isah local government area of Sokoto state to attack the hunters.


Zamfara Governor, Yari led other APC Governors to Daura


Source Press Release

Posted on February, 16 2018

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