Bandits’ Attack: Nigerian President sympathises with Emir of Potiskum

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his sympathies and that of the nation to the Emir of Potiskum, Umaru Bubaram over his encounter with bandits during his journey between Kaduna and Zaria a few days ago.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said “I feel greatly relieved that his Highness had survived this tragedy that resulted in the death of four of his aides during the attack.”

President Buhari sympathetically told the monarch that “I can relate with great empathy the kind of traumatic experience you had encountered at the hands of these evil elements in our society.”

The President assured the Emir and his people that “my administration would spare no efforts in tracking down these criminals who have become a nightmare in the lives of Nigeria, high or low.”

According to the President, “no criminal group would be allowed to hold the country to ransom” and that “the law would never surrender to mass murderers who engage in wanton destruction of lives and impoverishment of their victims.”

He assured citizens that: “this administration remains firmly committed to the security of Nigerians and we will continue to fund and adequately motivate our security personnel in order to encourage them to respond vigorously to these challenges.”

The President also appealed to Nigerian communities to desist from obstructing law enforcement agencies in hot pursuit of suspected criminals.

President Buhari said reports saying that residents of the community where the attack on the Emir happened resisted the house-to-house search for suspects were unhelpful and did not speak well of the members of the community.

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