Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Muhammad Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), has ordered increased military presence to help in Zamfara State following the sustained killings of many people by bandits and suspected cattle rustlers.
Dan-Ali, in a statement signed yesterday by his Public Relations Officer, Col. Tukur Gusau, expressed shock and sadness over the wanton killings and destruction of lives and property in the state.
The minister said he “received the news of the recent series of attacks and killing of innocent and peace-loving people in some parts of the state with sadness and deepest sympathy.”
According to him, “The recent attacks were callous, wicked and barbaric act which must be condemned in its entirety.”
Report had it that bandits killed over 25 people lastSunday with Governor Abdullazeez Yari, claiming that over 155 people have been massacred in recent times.
Dan-Ali used the opportunity to offer condolences to the government and the people of the state and the bereaved families.
“May Almighty Allah grant the deceased rest in peace,” he stated.
He stated that the federal government was already on top of the situation.
Dan-Ali noted that discussions with the relevant stakeholders in the state were already in progress to consolidate the efforts of the state government.
The minister said he has “directed a quick increase of troops’ strength to boost the capacity of the security agencies in the state.”