Shocked by the dare devil attacks by bandits in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State yesterday, Tuesday which resulted in the death of five local vigilante, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked both the acting Inspector of Police, Mohammed Adamu and Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin to constitute an assessment team to intervene immediately in the state and bring a feedback.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Katsina police command, Gambo Isa confirmed, in a statement in Katsina that five persons who were members of the local vigilante were killed by bandits in Faskari Local Government Area during the exchange of fire.
He said that the killings occurred at Sabon-layi village of the local government area when members of vigilante group popularly called “Yan sakai” entered into a forest and engaged the bandits in a fight.
He said that the police search team led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the area evacuated the corpses and discovered a bandits camp inside the forest that was abandoned by the criminals.
The police spokesman said a manhunt has begun to arrest the bandits.
In a quick reaction, the President, in a statement by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, today, Wednesday, instructed the security chiefs to find out how the operation was carried out by the perpetrators, not minding the Holy month of Ramadhan.
The President, who has been briefed on the criminal and political intents of the attacks in Katsina and other parts of the North, described the carnage as senseless.
President Buhari vowed that all those who have been instigating violence in the North and other parts of the country will be exposed and made to face the wrath of the law.
The President commiserated with the Governor and people of Katsina State over the losses even as he prayed to Allah to comfort those who have lost loved ones.