Following the round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, President Buhari has condemned the act and stated that killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.
Recall that no fewer than 33 people were reportedly killed in the attack carried out by suspected bandits in two villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state on Friday February 14th.
According to report, the bandits struck at the time of prayer around 6:30pm in Tsauwa and Dankar villages, burnt several houses, animals and properties in the attack.
In a statement released by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari 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.”
He 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,” said the President.
President Buhari prayed that God will comfort families that have lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.