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[Opinion] Bandits Who Allegedly Killed About 150 People In Sokoto Community Shouldn't Go Unpunished

The Northwest region of Nigeria has undoubtedly become a danger zone in recent times, due to the activities of armed bandits operating in the region. The armed gangs have continued to carry out various degrees of attacks on communities, abducting school children in their numbers, and killing villagers at will. The bandits have equally kidnapped several individuals, and demanded ransom in exchange for their freedom.

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The recent surge in banditry in the Northwest region, has seen the deployment of heavily armed security officers to the region. However, this has not been able to bring the activities of the bandits to an end. It should be recalled that not long ago, the Peoples Gazette reported a bandit attack on Goronyo local government area of Sokoto state, which allegedly claimed the lives of about 150 civilians.

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Sadly, despite that the attack was said to have lasted for hours, the bandits left without being caught. Arguably, this is not supposed to be so, particularly in an area that is already known to be prone to bandit attacks. However, the barbaric attack has already happened, with several families thrown into mourning. In my view, despite that the bandits were not caught during the attack, they should not be allowed to go unpunished.

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This is due to the fact failure to identify the bandits behind the attack and killings of about 150 civilians in Goronyo, would further encourage them to carry out more attacks. However, identifying them, and sanctioning them accordingly, would go a long way to reduce the number of bandits in the Northwest region, and improve the security situation in the area. Again, identifying and sanctioning the bandits behind the recent attack on Goronyo, would serve as deterrence to other bandits in the region.

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With this in mind, it is my view that the government, and security agencies, should, as a matter of necessity, swing into action, and ensure that the bandits behind the killings are identified, and sanctioned accordingly. The killings of about 150 civilians in Goronyo local government area of Sokoto state is not justifiable, and the government must live up to the expectations of the people by identify the culprits, and ensure that the law takes its full course.

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