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Why the government should ensure that attackers of Goronyo market in Sokoto are made to face justice

It is no news that, recently there was a massive attack on Goronyo market in Sokoto State. The attack which reportedly claim the lives of not less than 49 people was thought to be an attack on innocent civilians by bandits. However, it has now been revealed that, it was more of a reprisal attack as leader of Fulani bandits hiding in areas between Zamfara state and Sokoto State claim responsibility for the attack.

According to reports, one of the notorious bandits leader in the region, Shehu Rekeb has revealed that, the attack on Goronyo market is a reprisal attack for the killing of "innocent Fulanis" in the region. In a post by Daily trust, the bandits kingpin cited an incident where 11 Fulanis were killed and he further narrated that, "those people (referring to Goronyo people) have killed so many people, so they would have to be killed".

It is so sad and heartbreaking that the people of Goronyo have to experience such a devastating event, the Fulani bandits have taken laws into their own hands by carrying out a reprisal attack on the people of Goronyo and no one can predict the extent of their evil plans. The government needs to intervene because the people of Goronyo need protection from this miscreants, the government cannot leave the people at the mercy of these lawless criminals who have decided to be executioners due to weak security parameters in the rural communities.

Bandits with their motorcycles. Credit: Google.

The attack on Goronyo market had earlier been suspected to be a reprisal attack because bandits carry out criminal activities for wealth or material gains but the attack on Goronyo was a complete massacre. The government needs to deploy security operatives to the region to fish out these criminals. They should be arrested and brought to book for their atrocities.

Community under attack. Photo credit: Google.

If nothing is done about this situation, the bloodthirsty bandits may carry-out more aimless attacks on the community. There are reports that, the people are already deserting the community and something must be done urgently to safe the people from those invading their homes. We hope these criminals are apprehended and made to face justice.

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