President Muhammadu Buhari commended the security agencies for the relentless attacks on terrorists and bandits, especially in the northwest area of the country.
He commended them for showing no letup as they continued to achieve positive results based on their current operational trajectory in the area.
The President made his feelings known in a statement released by his media aide Malam Garba Shehu on Sunday in Abuja.
Buhari praised the efforts of the armed forces to curb the deadly activities of the bandits, especially in Zamfara which had been a hotbed of criminal activities.
He noted, however, that there had been several violations, notably due to the attack by the bandits on the villages of Damri, Sabongarin Damri and Kalahe in the local government area of Bakura, and lately Maradun, where a number casualties were recorded.
He argued that the combined efforts of the federal and state governments must do everything in their power to bring an immediate end to these horrific killings.
He said there appeared to be relative calm in the state, with situations returning to normal in most areas, and rural communities ready to live their lives as normal again.
However, he noted that there had been several violations, particularly due to the bandits’ attack on the villages of Damri, Sabongarin Damri and Kalahe in the local government area of Bakura, and lately, Maradun, where a certain number of casualties were recorded.
“We must not allow the return of the days when bandits had a free hand to do whatever they wanted. Rural people in Zamfara and elsewhere must be allowed to have peace.
“Therefore, the momentum that has developed must be maintained in order to put an end to the activities of these murderers,” the president ordered, he said.
He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of the state.