Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, on Tuesday, visited Munhaye village of Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State, where bandits killed about 20 people including two soldiers.
The attack took place on Saturday.
Bagudu, who condoled with the families of those killed as a result of the attack, prayed for the quick recovery of the injured ones as well as return of the missing persons.
Speaking during a condolence visit to Munhaye community, Governor Bagudu said, “I am here to assess the situation sequel to the dastardly attacks and see things for myself. I am also here to express my sincere condolences to the bereaved families, as well as pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased persons.
“I am also fervently praying for the speedy recovery of the injured persons as well as the recovery of the missing ones.”
Bagudu also acknowledged the invaluable and patriotic efforts of the officers and men of the variuos security agencies, especially the military working and sacrificing their lives to ensure peace and security.
The governor, while promising government’s assistance to the victims, called for synergy among the traditional rulers, security agencies and the community.
Earlier, the Chairman of Danko Wasagu Local Government Suleiman Sahabi and the Chief of Wasagu Chiefdom Muktar Muhammad thanked and appreciated the visit and commended the governor for his concern about the security of lives in the area since the onset of insecurity in their localities.
Hon Hamza Haliru Wasagu, representing Danko Wasagu constituency in the Kebbi State House of Assembly also thanked the governor for the commiseration visit and appealed for the presence of more security in the area.
The lawmaker called on people of the area to see the situation as destined by God and only He (God) can salvage the situation with sustained prayers from them.
In his remarks, Senator Bala Ibn NaAllah, representing Kebbi South, after commiserating with the community, said the federal government and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu would take whatever measure necessary to restore lasting peace in the area.
He thanked the security for their resilience and sacrifice while calling on the community members to provide credible intelligence information to security agencies.
He expressed optimism that the situation would be under control “I am optimistic that we will overcome this problem to an end,” he assured.
The senator thanked governor Abubakar Atiku for his efforts as well as developing a strategy to end the security challenge in the area.
Earlier, before addressing the community, the governor and his entourage went round to commiserate with the people where the village head, Malan Hamza Munhaye narrated how the village was attacked by the bandits.
One of the vigilante members in the village, Yohana John appealed for presence of more security, noting that bandits infiltrate from Zamfara to cause havoc in their community.
Governor Bagudu also made a stop over at Bena where he also commiserated with the people and promised government’s assistance.
The Special Adviser, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Alhaji Sani Dododo announced the arrival of 12 trailers loaded with relief assistance from Kebbi State Government for onward distribution to 700 IDPs in the area.
The governor then proceeded to the 223 Light Tank Battalion, Zuru where he condoled the Commanding Officer, Lt Colonel B.M Abdullahi and the Barracks community over the death of two soldiers who lost their lives in Munhaye village following attack by bandits.
At a town hall meeting in Zuru, Bagudu reiterated his call for peace, synergy between the security agencies and the community.
He also reiterated his call for tolerance with one another.
The emir Sani Sami, on his part, promised to ensure an end to the lingering security problem in the emirate.
The governor was accompanied by Senator Bala Ibn NaAllah, Yakubu Maikyau (SAN) and other dignitaries.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Sufyanu Bena, Special Adviser Security rtd Garba Rabiu Kamba that of SEMA, Alhaji Sani Dododo, Chairmen of Zuru, Fakai, Danko Wasagu, Sakaba and traditional leaders of the four local government areas including politicians received the governor at the airstrip in Zuru.