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Friday, February 16, 2018

Buhari reacts to massacre of 41 innocent people in Zamfara



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned Thursday’s massacre of innocent persons in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Buhari also dispatched the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), to Zamfara State for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in Birane village, where 41 innocent persons were killed on Thursday.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said: “The President commiserates with families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens which left many injured.

“President Buhari directs the Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd) to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.

“In addition, he directs security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.

“The President assures the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents in the state, that the Federal Government will continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property, not only in the affected state but all parts of the country.

“President Buhari restates his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and calls for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend.

“The President prays that almighty God will receive the souls of the departed, and comfort their families,” the statement concluded.

The victims were killed by suspected armed bandits.

The gunmen intercepted a Canter vehicle conveying bridesmaids and traders to the community market, slit the throat of the driver and then opened fire on the vehicle, killing all on board and then set it ablaze. 

They then proceeded to the community market and started shooting indiscriminately.

"They arrived in large number and on motorbikes intercepting and killing people who were coming or going out of the village. About 41 people were shot dead within a short period of time, " a resident Hussaini Abdu said.

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