Published On: Sat, May 30th, 2020

Banditry: Tambuwal Updates Buhari On Sabon-Birni Massacre

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News Investigators/ Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has met with President Muhammadu Buhari to update him on the May 27 massacre that occurred in Sabon-Birni, Northeast of the State.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, held behind closed doors in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was at the instance of the governor.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Tambuwal said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the security situation in Sokoto state.

The governor said he requested for additional military intervention from the President, to check the activities of bandits in the State.

Mr. Tambuwal said that he also sought logistics and other support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP).

“I requested to see the president yesterday (Thursday) and he granted me audience today.

“I have seen him and briefed him on the security situation in Sokoto State.

“In particular, the security situation in Sokoto Eastern Senatorial District and, of very special concern, Sabon-Birni Local Government Area of the State.

“Apart from previous attacks, only two days ago, we lost about 74 people to bandits in a very heinous and dastardly act of aggression.

“I have briefed Mr President on the general situation and the need for support that we require.

“When I said ‘we’ in this case, I meant the security personnel that are there in Sokoto, working day and night in synergy with each other to ensure that they maintain peace and order in the state.”

Mr. Tambuwal expressed satisfaction with the President’s response to his requests in the efforts to address the menace of bandits.

He said governors of the North western States, including Niger State (North Central), had agreed to jointly address the problem of insecurity in the region.

On COVID-19, the governor said Sokoto state had, so far, recorded 116 cases, 14 deaths and over 90 recoveries from the virus, while only eight were remaining in the State’s Isolation Centres.

“We are working hard; the task force is doing very well.

“The medical team in the State is doing very well and the public response to mobilisation and awareness is paying off,” Mr. Tambuwal said.

Earlier, President Buhari had also met behind closed doors, with Gov. Nasiru el-Rufa’I of Kaduna State in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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