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Atiku raises alarm over rising banditry and terrorism in Nigeria

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The 2023 presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has voiced serious concerns about the escalating acts of banditry and terrorism in Nigeria.

In a post on his X handle on Tuesday, Atiku responded to a recent attack on Yargoje village in the Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State, which left 20 people dead.

The Katsina Police Command confirmed the attack in a statement on Monday by its spokesman Abubakar Sadiq-Aliyu.

The statement detailed the tragic event, noting that among the 20 killed were four police officers and two operatives of the state-owned Community Watch Corps.

The bandits reportedly ambushed a police armoured personnel carrier that was responding to distress calls from Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages.

Atiku expressed his deep sorrow over the incident, criticizing the government’s response to the recurring violence. He noted the routine nature of such attacks and the apparent helplessness of the authorities, despite substantial defence budgets.

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“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,” Atiku wrote.

“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.”

He continued, “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.”

Atiku called on the federal government to take decisive action to protect the lives and property of Nigerian citizens. “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,” he added.

The former vice president’s remarks underscore the growing frustration among Nigerians regarding security issues and the perceived inadequacies in the government’s response to ongoing threats.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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