The abduction of the District Head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar, who is also the husband of President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, Hajiya Bilki, has shown that security agencies are not giving any town, including the president’s, preferential treatment, the presidency said yesterday. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba
The abduction of the District Head of Daura, Alhaji Musa Umar, who is also the husband of President Muhammadu Buhari’s niece, Hajiya Bilki, has shown that security agencies are not giving any town, including the president’s, preferential treatment, the presidency said yesterday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated this in an interview on Kakaaki, a breakfast television programme of African Independent Television (AIT).
He said: “Well, that has happened but I think that brings the message home that it is a national problem and that because the President comes from Daura, is not to say there cannot be crime in Daura or Daura will be specially treated.
“The Army said two days ago that there are clear pointers that these problems are beyond criminality.”
Shehu, however, scored the Buhari administration 98 per cent in the fight against insurgency.
He said: “If you ask me about the biggest security (challenge) we met on the ground, it is Boko Haram terrorism and I will score this administration 98 per cent coming this far because Boko Haram is now confined to the fringes of Lake Chad. As a matter of fact, they jump in and out and mainly occupy communities that have not been re-occupied by their owner.”
Responding to a report by the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu’s, claim that 1,071 persons lost their lives in crime-related cases across the country in the first quarter of 2019, Shehu said despite the recent spike in killings, banditry and kidnapping, the statistics was still better than that of the previous administration.
Shehu said although he would not want to compare figures, the facts remain sacred.
He said: “Yes, there has been a recent spike (in attacks) but this is not to suggest that this has never happened in the country and they are beginning just now because President Buhari is out of the country.
“You mentioned the numbers but I want to say from our own point of view in the presidency, we have avoided comparing numbers because it will lead to the same criticisms that some people have made of being insensitive because even if it is one life of a Nigerian that is lost, it is important, it cannot be justified, it cannot be defended.
“But anybody who takes the trouble to check the presidential website; at some point, Femi (Adesina) had done the numbers and the staggering numbers put on display coming from the past are nothing comparable to these numbers but we will not take it lightly.”
50 Killed in Fresh Attacks on Zamfara Communities
Bandits at the weekend attacked some communities in Zamfara State, killing more than 50 people and injuring 31.
The attackers invaded communities under Dangurgu, Kunkilai, Birnin Magaji, in Maru, Gusau and Birnin Magaji Local Government Areas of Zamfara State.
The bandits on Saturday morning, according to a reliable source, unleashed their terror on Kunkilai village when villagers were attending a naming ceremony.
The bandits armed with sophisticated weapons started shooting sporadically immediately they stormed the community, killing 31 and wounding six in the process.
The wounded persons are said to be currently receiving treatment in Dansadau General Hospital.
The attack, according to a source, went unchallenged before the bandits went back to the forest they came from, adding that no security operatives came to their rescue until after the attack had ended.
When contacted the State Police Public Relation Officer, Mr. Muhammed Shehu, however, confirmed the attack and disclosed that only 10 persons were killed.
Also, armed bandits on Friday stormed a village in Magami District, Gusau Local Government Area of the state, killing about 20 people while about 15 sustained injuries and sacking more than 20 communities.
Four military personnel sustained various injuries as soldiers engaged the bandits who were said to have invaded the community in motorcycles around 10 a.m.
Confirming the attack, Acting Director, Force Information, Operation Sharan Daji, Major Clement Abiade, disclosed that the four soldiers who sustained injuries were quickly evacuated and taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau for treatment.