President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the wanton killings of 47 persons and the destruction of properties by bandits in Katsina State.
In a statement on Sunday issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the president ordered security agencies to crack down on the bandits and bring them to justice.
The president expressed sympathies with the families of the victims, assuring them that his government would deal with all criminal elements who had planned on causing more pains for Nigerians during the lockdown.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest attacks by bandits in Katsina State in three local government areas that left 47 persons dead.
“Reacting to the incident on Sunday, the President said that he is deeply saddened by the latest development, and called on Nigerians not to despair because this administration is ever determined to defeat and crush these criminal elements taking advantage of the lockdown to attack their victims.
“President Buhari said he will not tolerate this large scale killing of innocent people by the bandits, adding that ‘in line with my commitment to security of the people, these attacks will be met with decisive force’.
“The President directed the security agencies not to rest on their oars or lower their guard which will create a vacuum for the bandits to strike.
“While extending his sympathies to the families of the victims, he called on the people to show more vigilance by reporting the activities of criminal elements in their midst”, the statement said.