Governor Aminu Tambuwal from the state of Sokoto warned local vigilantes against harassment and the murder of innocent Fulans for bandit attacks in the state on Friday.
The NAN reports that the governor gave the warning as he sympathized with the families of the 29 people killed by the bandits in the communities of Kamitau, Malafaru and Ololi in Shinaka district in the Goronyo local government area.
Tambuwal reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to end all forms of banditry throughout the state.
He described bandits’ attacks on innocent people as evil, but said it was not a justification for local vigilantes and JTF civilians attacking even innocent Fulani people.
He assured that the state government, in collaboration with the security agencies, was making efforts to find a lasting solution to the threat.
The governor prayed to Allah for the forgiveness of the dead and asked the bandits to leave their weapons and embrace dialogue for the predominance of peace and stability in the state.
Tambuwal revealed that a discussion window with bandit leaders had been opened and assured that, by the grace of God, lasting peace in the state would prevail.
He expressed his gratitude to the district leaders and other community leaders in the state for their sustained support to the government and urged them to remain calm while the government was making efforts to stop the incident.
Responding on behalf of the families of the deceased, the head of the Goronyo district, Alhaji Sambo Usman, thanked the governor for the condolence visit and prayed to Allah to reward him abundantly.
Usman told the governor that they had since embarked on public enlightenment on the importance of peaceful coexistence.
The monarch urged several communities to intensify prayers for peace and stability in the state and in the country at large.
The Nigeria news agency (NAN) reports that the deputy governor, Alhaji Maniru Daniya and other government officials accompanied the condolence visit to the condolence visit.
The NAN reports that the incident occurred on Thursday when hundreds of motorcycle bandits attacked communities that shot residents indiscriminately.
A source in the area told reporters that the attackers arrived in the villages at night, armed with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.
He explained that they killed the villagers and destroyed homes and other property.
According to him, many people have fled their homes to seek refuge in neighboring communities within the local government areas of Goronyo and Isa.
Previously, Muhammad Sadiq, the police public relations officer (PPRO) of the Sokoto State Command, confirmed the incident but could not provide the figure of the victim and the places affected.