John Ogunsemore

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lamented the killing of dozens of villagers and security personnel in separate incidents at Yargoje, Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages of Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.

The 2023 presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) equally faulted the government’s response to acts of banditry and terrorism.

Atiku’s reaction was conveyed in an X post on Tuesday.

The Sun earlier reported that the Katsina State Police Command confirmed the Sunday killing of four of its officers by terrorists in an ambush in Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages.

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The hoodlums were said to have also slaughtered two officers from the Katsina State Community Watch Corps (KSCWC), along with 20 residents from the two communities.

Reacting to the developments, Atiku said, “I am saddened by reports of the attack on Yargoje village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State, which claimed scores of lives and the kidnap of vulnerable women and children.

“It is also sad that the bandits ambushed the police armoured personnel carrier responding to the distress call at Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages, killing four police officers and two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps.

“Most worrisome to me is that these acts of banditry and terrorism have become routine, with the government seemingly helpless and nonchalant about it despite the enormous annual budget for defence.

“While I sympathise with the families of the victims, I will once again call on the government to be alive to its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens.”


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