Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has appealed to residents of the state fleeing and relocating to neighbouring to Niger Republic to return home.
The governor made the appeal in Sokoto while speaking with reporters an emergency security meeting in the aftermath of an attack by bandits on Balle on Tuesday leading to the death of the 82-year-old District Head of Balle, Alhaji Ibrahim Aliyu.
According to Tambuwal, residents were relocating to Niger Republic because of incessant attacks by bandits.
“I enjoin residents of Burunkuma communities and environs to stop relocating to Niger Republic.
“I will personally travel to the place and plead with those who relocated to come back home,’’ Tambuwal said.
The governor also called on members of the communities to abide by President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on the ban of motorcycles as one of the measures taken to tackle banditry, adding that the security meeting was convened to proffer solutions to the unfortunate situation and urged residents to assist security agencies with useful information.
It would be recalled that armed bandits had on May 7 attacked Balle town, headquarters of Gudu Local Government Area of Sokoto State, killing the District Head in the process.
According to eye witness accounts, the bandits arrived the town on six motorcycles, setting the divisional police headquarter in the area, patrol cars and some personal vehicles on fire before releasing some detainees at the station.
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