ONGOING offensives against bandits hideouts in forests around Kaduna State will be sustained, the Presidency has assured.
The government’s resolve came on Monday in the wake of Sunday’s attacks on some communities in Igabi and Giwa council areas of Kaduna State by suspected bandits, who were said to be on a revenge mission.
Reports claimed that more than 30 persons were killed with many others seriously injured and houses set ablaze by suspected bandits, who were said to be on a mission to spread terror on communities they accused of providing information that led to the offensives by security agencies, to which they lost many of their members.
Reacting to the mayhem unleashed on the communities in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration was determined to end the reign of terror by criminal elements in all parts of the country.
The statement reads: “The presidency has expressed deep sadness and regret over the latest bandits attack in Kaduna State that killed several people and left many injured.
“From reports received, it is obvious that these bandits are unleashing their fury and frustration on innocent people because of the ongoing military and police offensive against them in the Birnin Gwari and Kaduru forests.
“This administration would not be blackmailed by criminals to abandon the current military operations against them.
“President Buhari assures the people of Kaduna State and other parts of the country that this government would continue to deploy all available resources to fight these cold-hearted bandits with a view to bringing them to their knees.
“These criminals should make no mistake that they can establish a reign of terror on the people without feeling the full might of the government which was elected to protect the citizens.
“The President, while expressing profound commiserations to the victims of this heinous attack in Kaduna State, sent a strong warning to the killers:
“The criminals cannot be lucky always; we are determined to frustrate and defeat them, and no matter how long they run or where they hide, they would be smoked out and brought to justice.”