President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned bandits’ onslaught against communities in Goronyo and Illela local government areas of Sokoto State which resulted in the death of 15 people.
The killings of the persons were confirmed on Monday by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, stating that 12 people were killed in Illela while three lost their lives in Goronyo.
He said the attacks occurred between Sunday night and Monday morning in the said council areas.
Tambuwal condoled with those who lost their loved ones in the attacks.
Reacting on Tuesday, Buhari warned that “this needless and mindless violence against innocent people cannot go unpunished.”
According to a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, Buhari warned that, “This persistent and unprovoked violence against unarmed civilians must be met with a fierce response by the government.
“Let me once again, reassure Nigerians, that this administration will not abandon them to their fate in the face of this existential challenge caused by banditry.”
According to the President, “We are taking delivery of military equipment to improve the capacity of our security forces to effectively deal with this issue.
“Our military is also deploying advanced technology to enhance surveillance and related operations to locate and crush these criminals and enemies of our common humanity.
“This administration will not tolerate this state of affairs where criminals deprive the people of their means of livelihood and turn them into beggars and refugees.
“The bandits are living in a fool’s paradise if they believe that they can’t be crushed. The criminals cannot be lucky always; they will ultimately meet their Waterloo. Evil cannot triumph over good no matter how long it takes.”