Governor Aminu Tambuwal says at least 30 people have been killed by bandits in a recent attack in Sokoto State. The governor told the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya, that the attack took place in Goronyo township, the headquarters of Goronyo local government area of the state, a few hours before the two met on Monday, October 18, 2021.
He said many lives were lost in the attack which was sustained for hours between Sunday evening and Monday morning, according to a statement signed by his spokesperson, Muhammad Bello.
“Scores and tens have lost their lives and still counting.
“We’re not sure of the figure. But it is 30 something,” the governor said.
Media reports indicate the attack took place at a weekly market, with many also reported injured.
The Federal Government has struggled to contain escalating insecurity across the country, with the numerous bandit groups terrorising many parts of the northern region being of particular concern.
Sokoto is one of the northern states that shut down telecommunications services last month as part of new measures to crack down banditry.
In 13 of the LGAs, the Sokoto Government had also previously closed some roads to motorists, suspended animal trades, prohibited transportation of cattle, and transportation of more than three people on motorcycles, and tricycles to limit the activities of bandits.
Tambuwal told Yahaya during Monday’s meeting that he is leading the Army at a trying moment for the country.
“We’re faced and bedeviled by many security challenges in our own area here, particularly banditry, kidnapping and other associated crimes,” he said.
The governor requested the deployment of more military resources to Sokoto, pledging his administration’s continued support.
He also prayed for the success of the Army over the criminals they’re fighting to restore peace in the country.
Goronyo, where the latest attack happened, is one of the 14 LGAs where networks were shut down to enhance the military’s offensive against the bandits