Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has condemned in strong term the continued killings in the northwest zone, particularly the recent attack in Zamfara State, which left over 200 dead.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, while lamenting the growing security challenges in the county, appealed to the federal government to ramp up security in the zone to stop further killing of innocent lives.
Similarly, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq described the recent killings in Zamfara by bandits as horrific.
Reacting to the development, Atiku said “When I expressed my deepest condolences to the people and government of Zamfara State on the 6th of January over the senseless killing of innocent citizens in Bukkuyum and Anka Local Government Areas of the state, little did I know that the tragedy that befell the people was far worse than envisaged.”
He said it was heartbreaking to have dozens of innocent citizens killed in just one day, saying: “It is a traumatic experience to imagine. Even as I sympathise with people in the affected families and the affected communities, yet again, as they bury their dead, I expect that security be ramped up to stem this waste of precious human lives.”
Also Sadiya Farouq, in a statement, condemned the atrocity that followed the invasion of five communities and killing of over 200 people in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas of the state, describing it as horrific and tragic.
She, however, directed that relief materials be sent to the Internally Displaced Persons in the state to cushion the effects of the sudden displacement.
TOS NEWS gathered that over 10,000 victims were rendered homeless after their houses were razed by the bandits while scores were still missing.