Zamfara Attack: Buhari condems Killings, Orders Arrest of Perpetrators
As Police Recover 18 Bodies
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
President Muhammadu Buhari has strongly condemned Thursday’s massacre of innocent persons in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State in the North-Western axis of Nigeria.
The President, in a statement from his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Sheu, on Friday commiserated with families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens which left many injured.
President Buhari therefore directed 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 directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members in the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile Police say only about 18 bodies of victims of the armed bandits’ attack on a community in Zamfara State in the north western zone of the country have been found and buried and not 36 or 41 been reported by local media
Zamfara State Police Spokesman, Mohamed Shehu, who spoke to alternativeafrika.com Friday morning said, “All we had as at yesterday evening were bodies of at least 18 persons killed in the attack on Birane village. But we understand the bandits may have taken away the bodies of some dead victims as hunters warded off the attack.
“Operatives have since been deployed in the community and its environs while manhunt has also commenced for the attackers,” he stated adding that, searches still continue around the bushes for possible recovery of more bodie.
Shehu however informed that no arrest has been made so far following the incident which some natives have blamed on either cattle rustlers or herdsmen who engage in mass stealing of cows.
Recalled that unknown gunmen stormed the Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, killing many people and injuring several others.