Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, declaring that killing people in acts of retaliatory violence is not acceptable.
Friday’s attacks by bandits on the two villages in the state reportedly left 30 people dead and several houses and animals burnt.
According to the Statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari, while reacting to the incident in which many homesteads were razed by fire with many people killed at weekend, warned that “no one in the country has a right to take laws 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 President urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.
“The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” he said.
President Buhari prayed that God will comfort families that have lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.