Barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari told journalists to stop reporting rising insecurity but declining insecurity, terrorist bandits invaded Sokoto State killing over 40 residents.
Sokoto state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who reacted to the Sunday attack, put the figure at 30. He said about 30 people are feared dead as a result of bandits attack on Goronyo township, the headquarters of Goronyo local government area in Sokoto state.
It was gathered that bandits attacked Goronyo weekly Market on Sunday, October 17, killing many traders and buyers.
Tambuwal confirmed the attack on Monday, October 17, when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit.
“Between last night, yesterday evening till this morning, we were greeted with a very dastardly attack in Goronyo local government, particularly Goronyo township, where scores and tens have lost their lives and still counting. We’re not sure of the figure. But it is 30 something,” the Governor explained.
He prayed for the success of the army over criminals and noted that the army chief “has come at a very trying moment for the army and the Nigerian nation. We’re faced and bedeviled by many security challenges in our own area here, particularly banditry, kidnapping and other associated crimes.”
Tambuwal appealed for synergy between the army and other security operatives in the state while requesting for the presence of more forces in the state and the deployment of more resources.
He pledged that his administration shall continue to support the army and other security operatives.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has reacted to the Goronyo town, attack saying that the time is ticking for the ultimate of bandits
Buhari made this known in a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu on Monday October 18, saying the bandits will soon have nowhere to hide.
“The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking, as you will no longer have a place to hide.
“These bandits are currently under desperate pressure because of the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hideouts by our security forces.
“The cowardly attacks on innocent people by the bandits show a rearguard action of criminals under pressure. But they will have no place to hide and our gallant security forces will not relent in the current offensive to defeat these callous enemies of humanity.”
He urged Nigerians to be patient as security agencies work to improve safety across the country. The President further averred that his administration is determined “more than ever before to protect Nigerians from murderous criminal gangs that have no respect for the sanctity of life”.