The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the latest series of attacks and killings between bandits and residents in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state.
On Friday evening, the bandits carried out different attacks on both villages killing 30, who were mostly elderly women and children.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Sunday that, President Buhari stated that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.
He warned that no one has the right to take laws into their hands and if local communities catch bandits, they should be apprehended and handed over to law enforcement authorities.
President Buhari said, “No one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge. Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge.”
He admonished community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies to bring peace back to the region.
“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” he admonished.
He prayed that God will comfort the families who have lost loved ones in the attacks and lay to rest, the souls of the victims.