Sokoto killings: Ban­dits are well­known – Sha­gari

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Oz­ibo Oz­ibo

A House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Yabo/ Sha­gari Fed­eral Con­stituency of Sokoto State, Aminu Shehu Sha­gari, said the ban­dits that killed 40 per­sons in Sokoto State are "well-known," and that he had once en­coun­tered them.

Sha­gari (APC, Sokoto) dis­closed this yes­ter­day while lead­ing de­bate on a mo­tion of ur­gent pub­lic im­por­tance on "the das­tardly at­tack by armed ban­dits on some vil­lages in Sokoto State on 9 July."

He stated that prior to the in­va­sion, the armed ban­dits had is­sued threat let­ters to the vil­lagers with warn­ing to ei­ther pay mil­lions of naira or risk be­ing at­tacked.

"The over 100 armed ban­dits who car­ried out the das­tardly act came on mo­tor cy­cles with guns and Im­pro­vised Ex­plo­sive De­vices (IEDs). The ban­dits who carry out orgy of un­war­ranted vi­o­lence in Sokoto and en­vi­rons are well-known. I have once en­coun­tered them," Sha­gari said.

He ex­pressed con­cern that the af­fected vil­lages and en­vi­rons now live in per­pet­ual fear of fur­ther at­tacks, warn­ing that if ad­e­quate se­cu­rity was not pro­vided, they would al­ways be ex­posed to unimag­in­able dan­ger with at­ten­dant hu­man­i­tar­ian crises.

Con­tribut­ing to the de­bate, Yakubu Barde (PDP, Kaduna) flayed the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for de­ploy­ing large se­cu­rity of­fi­cials to po­lice Ek­iti elec­tions in­stead of pro­tect­ing hu­man lives in ar­eas un­der at­tack.

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