The Federal Government of Nigeria has condemned a recent attack by bandits in part of Sokoto State which claimed lives of about seventy persons.
The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, berated the attack which it described as unfortunate at this moment that the nation is in a war against the dreadful Coronavirus pandemic.
The president has, however, directed fierce military operations against perpetrators of the attack in the state.
Naija News understands that a group of bandits had laid mayhem on five communities in Sabin Birni Local Government Area in the state during the just concluded Eid-El Fitri festival.
Meanwhile, reports had it that the incident happened just a few moments after the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal visit the community.
Reacting to the incident, President Buhari noted that his administration will ensure that the perpetrators of the evil act are captured and made to face the law.
He, however, expressed his sympathy with families victims of the deadly attack carried out by the bandits, as well prayed for a fast recovery for the injured victims.
Part of the statement reads: “As the world and Nigeria battle Coronavirus pandemic, it is tragic and unfortunate that bandits have remained active in parts of the country, killing innocent people and throwing families into despair.
“We will not abandon you to your fate because we are determined to bring these mass murderers to their knees and crush them totally.’’
The statement also revealed that a military operation codenamed “Operation Accord” has been initiated by the President to help in curbing banditry and other criminal activities in the region.
“This operation will be full time and sustained military offensive that is intended to deny the bandits any breathing space to reorganize and regroup,’’ Garba noted.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged “developed countries” to forgive and cancel debts owed by “poor countries” so that they can plan and endeavour to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.