Bandits shouldn’t think they can’t be crushed, Buhari talks tough As Bandits kill 15 in Sokoto

President Muhammadu Buhari
  • President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against thinking that they cannot be crushed.
  • This is as he said his will not abandon Nigerians to their fate in the face of the existential challenge caused by banditry.


President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest massacre in Sokoto State, which claimed the lives of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela Local Areas.

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“Needless and mindless violence against innocent people cannot go unpunished,” Buhari warned.

‘President Buhari condemns the latest killing of 15 people by in Sokoto State, sympathises with victims, and urges security forces to redouble efforts,’ said Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity.

The President’s response comes just over a month after bandits killed 43 people in Goronyo, Sokoto, during a raid on October 18, 2021.

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“The clock of your ultimate destruction is ticking as you will no longer have a place to hide,” Buhari said in a statement in October.

A month later, now reacting from South Africa, Buhari warned that the “persistent and unprovoked violence against unarmed civilians must be met with a fierce response by the government.

“Let me reassure Nigerians once more that in the face of this existential threat posed by banditry, this regime will not abandon them to their fate.”

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“We are receiving military equipment to improve our security forces’ capacity to effectively deal with this issue,” he added.


“Our military is also using advanced technology to improve surveillance and related operations to track down and eliminate these criminals and enemies of humanity.”

Buhari has stated that his government will not tolerate a situation in which criminals deprive people of their means of subsistence and turn them into beggars and refugees.

If the bandits believe they can’t be crushed, he says they’re living in a fool’s paradise.

“Criminals cannot always be lucky; they will eventually meet their Waterloo.” “No matter how long it takes, evil will never triumph over good,” he added.

Buhari’s response to the killings last month was similar.

“The days of the bandits are numbered,” he said, “because our forces’ military capabilities are being enhanced by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment.”


“The bandits’ cowardly attacks on innocent people show a rearguard action of criminals under pressure,” he continued. They will, however, have nowhere to hide, and our valiant security forces will not back down from their current offensive to defeat these ruthless enemies of humanity.”



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