By Biola Adebayo
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq to proceed to Zamfara and Sokoto states today and tomorrow to assess the level of killings and damages done in the areas by armed bandits.
Tis was contained in a statement issued and signed by the President Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu .
The statement said the Air Chief should spend the Christmas and boxing days in the two states.
President Buhari strongly condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians in Birnin Magaji community in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, following attacks by suspected armed bandits.
“These horrendous acts of violence are crimes against humanity. This violence must stop,” said the President.
He 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 work round the clock to protect local populations.
The statement said 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.
It will be recalled that some residents in Tsafe local government area of Zamfara took to the street yesterday protesting what they called the nonchalant attitude of the government to the increasing killings of innocent persons by bandits.