In a reaction to the latest killings by bandits in Goronyo market in Sokoto State, North-west of Nigeria, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed the “ultimate destruction” of bandits.
Numbering over 200, the bandits raided a Sunday market in Goronyo, killing over 60 people and wounding many more.
Thousands of people have been killed or kidnapped in the attacks this year in states like Sokoto, Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina.
These attacks have been sustained in spite of earlier threats which President Buhari had issued against bandits, and even with the deployment of troops to the affected areas.
“The days of the bandits are indeed numbered because the military capabilities of our forces are being boosted by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment,” President Buhari said in a Monday statement by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
In the statement released, President Muhammadu Buhari had said, “the clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking as you will no longer have a place to hide.”
According to the President, “the bandits are living in the fool’s paradise of invincibility, but reality will soon dawn on them harder than ever before.”
“The cowardly attacks on innocent people by the bandits show a rearguard action of criminals under pressure. But they will have no place to hide and our gallant security forces will not relent in the current offensive to defeat these callous enemies of humanity,” the President emphasized.
He appealed to all Nigerians “not to despair because this administration is determined more than ever before to protect Nigerians from murderous criminal gangs that have no respect for the sanctity of human of life.”