Tambuwal- says the bandits opened fire at a bus conveying the travelers along a route notorious for such attacks in the Isa area
By Valentine Amanze
Banditis have killed no fewer 23 travelers in Isa council of Sokoto State, northwest Nigeria, in a fresh attack.
The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, confirmed the attack, stressing that it happened on Monday though details emerged only on Wednesday.
Tambuwal said that the bandits opened fire at a bus conveying the travelers along a route notorious for such attacks in the Isa area of the state.
He said that 23 of the travelers died of fire burns while six others were injured.
Reacting to the attack, Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, lamented the incident.
He said that he was “very distressed” over the attack, which was the latest in a cycle of violence targeting rural communities and travelers along highways in the northwest and central parts of Nigeria.
He saod on Wednesday through his media office that the attack “shows that the evil this administration is confronting is one that requires the support and involvement of all Nigerians.
“I extend deep condolences to the families of the victims as I assure that the security agencies will continue to give their all to bring to an end the operations of these despicable people.”
Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Police Commissioner, Kamaldeen Okunola, has condemned the latest attack in Sokoto, where nearly 100 people had been killed in the last three months.
He disclosed that “strategies are on to make sure that this will not happen again.”
On their modus oparandi, the armed Fulani bandits often target communities where they outnumber and outgun security operatives. They mostly consist of young men from the Fulani ethnic group, who had traditionally worked as nomadic cattle herders but are caught up in a decades-long conflict with Hausa farming communities over access to water and grazing land.
In late November, Nigeria designated them a terrorist organization and authorities promised that will create new chances to prosecute the gunmen, who are rarely charged in court.