Banditry: Tambuwal updates Buhari on Sabon Birni massacre



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday met with Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, at the instance of the later, behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Tambuwal said he was in the presidential villa to update the president on the security situation in Sokoto state.

He said that he also demanded from the President more military intervention to the activities of in the state.

The governor disclosed that he solicited for logistics and support for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

“I requested to see the president yesterday () and he granted me audience today.

“I have seen him, briefed him on the security situation in Sokoto state in particular; the security situation in Sokoto Eastern Senatorial District and of very special concern, Sabon Birni local area of the state.

“Apart from the previous attacks, only two days ago through banditry attacks we lost about 74 people in a very heinous and dastardly act of aggression from the .

“I have briefed Mr President on the general situation and the for support that we require.

I said `we’ in this case I meant the security personnel that are there in Sokoto working day and night in synergy with each other that they maintain peace and order in the state.’’

Tambuwal expressed satisfaction with the president’s response so far in addressing the menace of in the state.

He revealed that governors of the North western states including Niger state (North Central) had agreed to jointly address the problem of insecurity in the region.

On COVID-19, the governor revealed that Sokoto state had so far recorded 116 cases, 14 deaths, 90 had recovered from the virus while only eight were remaining at the State’s Isolation Centres.

“We are working hard, the is doing very well; the medical team in the state is doing very well and the public response to mobilization and awareness is paying up,’’ he added.

NAN reports that President Buhari had earlier today met behind closed doors with Gov. Nasiru el-Rufa’I of Kaduna State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. (NAN)