Banditry: Tambuwal meets Buhari, demands more military presence in Sokoto, confirms 74 dead


President Muhammadu Buhari Friday met with Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of state at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

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

The governor said he demanded more military intervention to check the activities of bandits in the state.

He said he also requested for logistics and support from the federal government for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state.

“I requested to see the president yesterday (Thursday) 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 Government 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 bandits.

“I have briefed Mr President on the general situation and the need for support that we require. When 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 to ensure that they maintain peace and order in the state,” he said.

The governor said the president’s response to the requests was satisfactory, stressing that governors of the North western states including Niger state (North Central) had agreed to jointly address the problem of insecurity.

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

“We are working hard, the task force 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 said.

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