*This cowardly, wicked killing of innocent village people is unacceptable – Ekiti Oba
“We want to thank you most sincerely for responding to our calls very quickly. The last attack on Sokoto was very pathetic that we lost 74 innocent people just like that. The visit will give a lot of hope to the hapless citizens that they have real not been left on their own,” Sultan told Chief of Air Staff, Sadiq.
The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, National Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria (NTRCN), Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, spoken on the killings perpetrated against the peaceful people of Sokoto State by some yet to be known bandits, and asked security operatives in charge of security in the state to “fish out” the culprits.
Five villages in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto were attacked last Wednesday as a result of which more than 70 people were killed.
Speaking when the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Vice Marshal Abubakar Sadiq, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace on Saturday, the monarch said the level of insecurity in the country has grown from bad to worse.
“People can no longer go about their normal businesses in Nigeria. Insecurity has gotten to the point that you will be in your house and somebody will just come and pick you up,” he said.
“You just can’t imagine how people could be this callous to take away lives without even taking anything from them. The first and foremost job of any leader is to protect the lives and properties of his people.
“I think there is something behind it. In the last couple of years, banditry has gone from bad to worse in Nigeria. We have to find out what has gone wrong. What are these bandits after? What do they stand to gain?
“We are ready to support the arms forces to achieve the desired success. Follow bandits to anywhere they are and kill them. We must protect our people at all cost.”
On how best to ensure such security is guaranteed, Sultan reportedly advocated adequate funding of the nation’s security agencies.
“The federal government must equip the armed forces even if it needs using the whole budget of the country. We must equip our armed forces because its the most important thing to do. We must continue to give information in confidence,” he said.
“Unless we wake up as a country and equip our forces to the highest level, we will continue to have these challenges.
“Our forces need the minimum logistics but I am very sure we do not have them in good numbers. We need massive recruitment, massive training and equipment. Nigeria armed forces don’t have the equipment to deal with all terrains.”
Speaking on the relevance of visit by the chief of the Nigeria Air Force, Sultan Abubakar said the state is very pleased to receive him and his team, hence its prompt response to the plight of the people.
“We want to thank you most sincerely for responding to our calls very quickly. The last attack on Sokoto was very pathetic that we lost 74 innocent people just like that. The visit will give a lot of hope to the hapless citizens that they have real not been left on their own,” he said.
Sadiq said he visited Sokoto to reassess the operations and determine how much support the air force needs to render in the north-west.
“We are going to commence operations in Sokoto. It covers, Katsina, Niger, and Nasarawa states,” he said.
“We are going to commence a lot of military flight activities here. We are appealing to the people of Sokoto state to give us all the needed assistance so that the activities of these criminality will be brought to an end as soon as possible.”
Take heart Your Eminence, Mr Governor – Attah of Aiyede Ekiti
Meanwhile, the Attah and Paramount Ruler of Aiyede Kingdom Ekiti State, Oba AbdulMumini Adebayo Orishagbemi, has sent his condolences to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the state Governor, Dr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, asking them to take heart as he prayed that Allah would, in his infinite mercy, restore security and peace to the often celebrated peaceful land of Sokoto State.
The Ekiti monarch, in a message to The DEFENDER on Sunday, described the taking of lives of innocent village people for no justifiable reasons as unacceptable.
He therefore called on the Federal Government to “please intensify effort by ensuring that those responsible for this sad, cowardly, wicked and unacceptable act are apprehended and brought to book.”