Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has condemned the massacre of people during an attack on Goronyo Market, in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State by armed bandits.
The Governor who described the worsening security situation in Nigeria as unacceptable called on the federal government to urgently address the situation.
Ortom in a statement on Tuesday by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur also sent condolence messages to the families of those affected as well as to the people and government of Sokoto State.
Naija News recalls more than 43 persons were killed as bandits invaded the Goronyo market in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State.
The bandits stormed the weekly market, shooting sporadically and killing several persons in the process. It was gathered that some traders and buyers were killed, while many others were injured during the attack.
According to Daily Trust, the bandits operated for several hours unhindered by security agencies or vigilantes.
Ortom in his reaction, called on the government to do more to ensure citizens and residents live in peace.
He said: “It is unacceptable, the growing terrorist acts by bandits who are gradually succeeding in destroying the unity and brotherliness of the country through acts of criminality on innocent citizens”.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday sent a tough warning to bandits, stressing that they “are living in the fool’s paradise of invincibility, but reality will soon dawn on them harder than ever before”.
Reacting to the killing of over 30 people in Goronyo market in Goronyo LGA of Sokoto State on Sunday, Buhari told the killer-bandits that “the clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking as you will no longer have a place to hide”.
He maintained that “the days of the bandits are indeed numbered because the military capabilities of our forces are being boosted by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment.”
The President, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said, “the bandits are currently under desperate pressures because of the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hideouts by our security forces.