- Bandits reportedly attacked several small villages in Katsina
- The attack led to the death of not less than 30 persons and destruction of properties.
- President Muhammadu Buhari described the actions as revenge attacks.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the recent wave of attacks in Katsina state that led to the death of many.
According to local reports, about 50 bandits rode on motorcycles and launched a series of attacks on small defenceless villages.
The attack which took place around 6:45 pm rendered many of them homeless and led to the death of no fewer than 30 persons.
The villages affected were Damkal and Tsauwa where they sacked, destroyed and looted shops. Furthermore, local reports claim that they rustled an unspecified number of cattle.
Those attacks have led to a release of a statement from the presidency.
It reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, saying that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.
“Reacting to the incident in which many homesteads were razed by fire with many people killed at weekend, the President on Sunday warned that “no one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge.
Furthermore, the statement urged locals to hand over any suspects they catch to law enforcement authorities and not take the law into their hands.
“Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge.
“He urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.
The statement added: “The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” said the President.
“President Buhari prayed that God will comfort families that have lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.