President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Zamfara State on the recent infiltration of bandits, who killed several innocent citizens in Tsafe Local Government Area.
Condemning the incident, Buhari described the bandit attacks as callous and despicable, assuring the people of Zamfara and other Nigerians, who have lost loved ones to violent attacks that the government, under his watch, will soon bring such dastardly acts to an end.
Hailing the new administration for putting in new security measures to curtail the activities of criminals and bandits, the President urged them not to despair, but to see the latest attack as a challenge to step up collective actions to rout the enemy, in partnership with the Federal Government.
Urging law enforcement agencies to take prompt and timely actions against the wicked attackers, Buhari, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, appealed to citizens to have faith in the security agencies by giving them useful information on plans and the movements of the bandits.
But, the Brigade Commander, 1 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. Lynus Udeagbala, has suggested the deployment of drones for ease identification of bandits’ hideouts and to neutralise them.
He spoke when a delegation of four eminent personalities from Zamfara State, led by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) state Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Mallaha, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Gusau, Col. Bala Mande (retd), Alhaji Jamilu Aliyu Zannah and the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters Abubakar Muhammed Dauran, visited him.
The delegation was sent by Governor Bello Muhammad, who expressed satisfaction with the Army’s fight against banditry.
Brig.-Gen. Udeagbala thanked the governor for the visit, which he described as an encouragement to the officers and men, especially those fighting the bandits.
He, however, said one of the major challenges faced by the brigade is lack of state of the art communication gadgets, saying if such were provided, it would facilitate quick response to distress calls.
The governor said the military operations have shown that bandits’ activities would soon end in the state so that the citizens, especially the rural dwellers, most of whom are farmers, can sleep with both eyes closed and can carry out their farming activities without fears.
The governor, who said the soldiers were doing well, noted that there was room for improvement.
He promised that his administration would keep assisting the military as much as possible to stem out banditry.