President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned Thursday’s attack on Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The attack left over 18 people dead and several others injured, according to the police.
Bandits suspected to be cattle rustlers had Wednesday attacked Birane village.
The spokesperson of the police in the state, Muhammad Shehu, in a statement Thursday said hunters from Birani village intercepted and accosted a suspected cattle rustler herding in the bush with some ‘stolen’ cattle and sheep.
“The herder abandoned the animals and escaped into the bush, but unknown to the hunters, the cattle rustler went to Isah Local Government Area of Sokoto State and mobilised bandits to attack the hunters.
“On February 14, the bandits ambushed the hunters in the bush and there was a clash that led to fatality on both sides,” Shehu said.
A witness, Hussaini Abdu, said that the bandits “arrived in large numbers and on motorbikes, intercepting and killing people who were coming or going out of the village. About 41 people were shot dead within a short period of time.”
Meanwhile, Buhari, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, directed the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (retd), to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.
The President also directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy troops to the vulnerable areas of the state and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.
The President commiserated with families of victims of the heinous attacks on defenceless citizens.
He assured the Zamfara State government, families of the victims of the mayhem and residents in the state that the Federal Government would continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property in the affected state and all parts of the country.
Buhari restated his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country.
The President called for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend.
He prayed that almighty God receive the souls of the departed and comfort their families.