President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned the armed bandit attacks on Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Attacks in Zamfara by armed bandits have led to the death of dozens of people in the past few weeks.
Buhari’s condemnation of the killings were made known in a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu.
The president described the attacks as horrendous acts of violence and crimes against humanity, saying the violence must stop.
The statement partly read, “While expressing his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks, the government and people of Zamfara State, the President also wished those injured a speedy recovery.
“The President, who has authorized an assessment trip to Zamfara and Sokoto States by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq on Christmas & Boxing days, reassured residents of States plagued by armed bandits, including Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger and Taraba, that their safety is an enduring commitment of his administration and he will continue to ensure that security agencies worked round the clock to protect local populations.
“To this end, a major operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, is being considered to restore peace and stability in the region.
“President Buhari conveyed his strong support to the Nigeria Police Force, which has already deployed Special Forces in each of the local government in Zamfara State and the Defence Headquarters’ deployment of a Special Military Intervention Force comprising more than 1,000 personnel to respond to the security challenges in the North Central and North West.
“These measures, among others, will be intensified to flush out the bandits from wherever they are.
“The President commended Nigerians for their support to our security agencies who have continued to demonstrate dedication, commitment, and bravery even in very difficult and complex operations.”
Hundreds of people have been killed in Zamfara by armed bandits this year.
Some of the worst affected local governments in Zamfara are Tsafe, Zurmi, Shinkafi, Maradun, Maru and Birnin-Magaji.