Tambuwal Receives Briefing from Security Chiefs over Bandits Attack on 23 Travellers


*Condoles with victims’ families

*Plans strategies to forestall reoccurrence

By Onuminya Innocent In Sokoto

Security chiefs in Sokoto state, comprising heads of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Police, Department of State Security and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as the Chairmen of Isa and Sabon Birni local government areas have briefed Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on the bandits attacked on passengers vehicles that led to the death of 23 passengers at Gidan Bawa village in Isa local government area of Sokoto state.

At the briefing on the tragic incident held at the Government House, Sokoto, Wednesday, the security chiefs pledged to work with the governor on modalities to checkmate future occurrences.

“Strategies are on to make sure that this will not happen again,” stated the state Commissioner of Police, Kamaldeen Okunola, who briefed journalists after a closed session with the governor.

He explained that of the total number of people in the bus which the bandits shot at, causing a conflagration, 23 died of fire burns while six sustained minor injuries and were receiving treatment at a hospital.

Three of the victims whose injuries were not so serious were promptly treated and discharged, Okunola said. He added that the security agencies mobilized to the spot of the attack and immediately mounted a patrol, that is still ongoing, on the 30 kilometers stretch of road between Gidan Bawa, the attack spot in Sokoto state and Shinkafi town in Zamfara state.

Two passenger buses were set ablazed by the bandits at Gidan Bawa leaving 23 people dead on Monday.

Isa an adjacent local government to Sabon Birni is also an epic centre of banditry.

Meanwhile, Sokoto state government has condoled the people of the area on the tragic losses. Tambuwal prayed for the repose of the souls of the deceased, quick recovery for those hospitalized and others wounded.