He, however, charged the government and residents of the state not to despair but to see the attack as a challenge to step up collective actions to rout the enemy, in partnership with the Federal government.
While he tasked law enforcement agencies to take prompt and timely actions against the attackers, the President also appealed to citizens to have faith in the security agencies by giving useful information on plans and movements of bandits.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja, yesterday, the president described the attacks as “callous and despicable” and assured those who lost loved ones to violent attacks that government, under his watch, would soon bring such dastardly acts to an end.
The president further commended the new administration in the state for putting in new security measures to curtail activities of criminals and bandits.
Naija News recalls that the President had in the same week of the attack, assured the people of Katsina State and other affected states of the country that the reign of bandits, kidnappers and insurgents would soon come to an end.
Meanwhile, at the weekend, bandits kidnapped the head of Yan Buki community in Kaura Namoda Local Government Area of the state, Buhari Ammani, along with his three wives.
The gunmen also kidnapped Ammani’s children and six other people.
The incident occurred days after gunmen killed 18 in their operation across communities in Tsafe Local Government Area of the state, killing no fewer than 18 persons, Emir of Tsafe, Alhaji Muhammad Bawa confirmed.
Chairman of the local government area, Alhaji Lawal Isa, also corroborated the report, adding that nine people were kidnapped.
According to him, it was the first attack in the area by gunmen who have been causing trouble in the state.
The Spokesman for the state police command, Muhammad Shehu, also confirmed the attack. He however, objected to the number of people said to have been kidnapped.