President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where about 58 persons have been killed in an attack there.
The senior special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Garba Shehu said the approvals are part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area.
Newsworth recalls that the Nigerian Air Force had last week taken delivery of two new helicopter gunships for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry.
Scores of people including soldiers and police officers had been killed in previous attacks by bandits in Birnin Gwari local government. The emir of the town said on Monday that the death toll from the latest attack had risen to 58.
In a statement issued on Monday evening, Shehu said his principal strongly condemns the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area.
Buhari was quoted as saying in the statement, “I am deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilization. I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity.”
Shehu said the new army battalion and the police area command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa states.
He added that a Quick Response Wing has also been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State, while a Joint Military Intervention Force is fully on ground in Benue
According to Shehu, the President assures that security remains a priority for his government; and his administration will not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another.
“These persistent killings are not spontaneous; there are subterranean forces with a sinister agenda to instigate war in the country for selfish purposes.
“Although unconventional war is particularly complicated, our security forces are making rigorous efforts to better understand these enemies with a view to decisively checkmating their evil attacks,” the President was quoted as saying.
Buhari extended his condolences to the families of the latest victims, the government and the people of Kaduna State over the tragedy. He assured that his government will never abandon them to their fate.