Governor Aminu Tambuwal stops the killing of innocent Fulani herdsmen in Sokoto State

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The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday, cautioned local vigilantes against harassment and killing of innocent Fulani herdsmen, over bandits attacks in the State.

According to news reports, the Governor gave the warning while commiserating with families of the 29 people killed by bandits, in Kamitau, Malafaru, and Ololi communities, in Shinaka District of Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Tambuwal reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ending all forms of banditry across the State, insisting that, his administration will not tolerate the illegal killings of herdsmen, and that such could attract ‘capital punishment’.

He described the bandits’ attacks on innocent people as wicked, but said that it was no justification for local vigilantes and civilian JTF, to also target innocent Fulani people.

He assured that State Government in collaboration with Security Agencies, are making efforts to finding lasting solutions to the menace.

The Governor, prayed to Allah for forgiveness of the deceased persons, and called on the bandits to drop their guns and embrace dialogue, for the prevalence of peace and stability in the State.

Tambuwal disclosed that a window of discussion had been opened with Leaders of the bandits, and assured that by the grace of God, lasting peace would prevail in the State.

He expressed gratitude to District Heads and other community Leaders in the State, for their sustained support to the government, and urged them to remain calm, as government is making efforts to stem the incident.

Responding on behalf of the families of the deceased persons, the District Head of Goronyo, Alhaji Sambo Usman, thanked the Governor for the condolence visit, and prayed Allah to reward him abundantly.

Usman told the Governor that they had since embarked on public enlightenment on the importance of peaceful co-existence.

The Monarch, urged various communities to intensify prayers for peace and stability in the State and country as a whole.

The Governor was accompanied to the condolence visit by the State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Maniru Daniya, and other government Officials.

Recall, that the incident occured on Thursday, July 18, as hundred of bandits on motorcycles raided communities, firing guns indiscriminatly on residents.

A source in the area told Newsmen that the assailants arrived the villages at night, armed with sophisticated weapons, and started shooting sporadically.

He explained that they killed villagers and destroyed houses and other property.

According to him, many people have fled their homes to seek refuge in nearby communities within Goronyo and Isa Local Government Areas of the State.

Earlier, Mr. Muhammad Sadiq, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Sokoto State Command, confirmed the incident, but could not provide the casualty figure and places affected.