Following Monday’s attack on some communities in Igabi and Giwa council areas of Kaduna State by suspected bandits, the presidency has stated that the current security offensives being carried out against bandits hiding out in forests around Kaduna State would be sustained.
It was reported that the bandits were said to be on a revenge mission leading to the killings of not less than 30 persons in many communities, with many others seriously injured.
The bandits accused the communities of providing information that led to the offensives by security agencies, to which they lost many of their members.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, reiterated the Buhari-led administration’s determination to end the reign of terror by criminal elements in all parts of the country.
The statement read in part: “The presidency has expressed deep sadness and regret over the latest bandits attack in Kaduna State that killed several people and left many injured.
“From reports received, it is obvious that these bandits are unleashing their fury and frustration on innocent people because of the ongoing military and police offensive against them in the Birnin Gwari and Kaduru forests.”
However, Shehu stressed that Buhari’s administration would not be blackmailed by criminals to abandon the current military operations against them.
He said, “President Buhari assures the people of Kaduna State and other parts of the country that this government would continue to deploy all available resources to fight these cold-hearted bandits with a view to bringing them to their knees.”
He further stated that “These criminals should make no mistake that they can establish a reign of terror on the people without feeling the full might of the government which was elected to protect the citizens.”
Meanwhile, the president, while expressing his profound commiserations to the victims of this heinous attack in Kaduna State, sent out strong warning to the killers. He said, “The criminals cannot be lucky always; we are determined to frustrate and defeat them, and no matter how long they run or where they hide, they would be smoked out and brought to justice.”