*President condemns murders
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.),
says the killings that took place in Katsina over the
weekend were done in retaliation of what the farmers had
done to the bandits earlier.The police had on Saturday
claimed they didn’t know the cause of the attacks.
According to the President, however, bandits had been
subjected to jungle justice by the affected communities,
causing the miscreants to return to the communities to
wreak havoc.
Buhari, however, condemned the attacks, insisting that no
one had the right to take the law into their own hands.
In a statement titled, ‘Revenge killings in Katsina State
unacceptable’ which was signed by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the
President said the authorities must be allowed to do their
The statement read in part, “President Muhammadu Buhari
has condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by
bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local
government area of Katsina state, saying that killing people
in the name of revenge is not acceptable.
“Reacting to the incident in which many homesteads were
razed by fire with many people killed at weekend, the
President on Sunday warned that no one in the country has
a right to take the law into his hands by the way of self-help
or revenge.
“Local communities that catch bandits should hand over
the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of
meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of
revenge and counter revenge.
“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal
with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence
in a decent society,” said the President.”
Buhari prayed that God would comfort families that have
lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the
The PUNCH reports that about 30 persons were killed
between Friday night and Saturday morning in some villages
in Katsina State.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba, had
while briefing the media on Saturday, said the police did not
know the cause of the killings.
“I still find it surprising. What could have been the motive?
These people (bandits) could carry out such a dastardly
act? We are, however, after them,” the police commissioner
had said.

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