Justice is what President Muhammadu Buhari is demanding for after some Nigerians were killed by gunmen on the first day of the New Year.

At least 15 persons were killed in Rivers State while a few others were also killed in Kaduna.

Those killed in Rivers State were on their way back from the crossover night when they were attacked. 

In a statement on Tuesday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari expressed shock and outrage at reports of killings of the innocent persons in Omoku, Rivers State and the traditional ruler, the Etum Numana, Dr Gambo Makama, and his wife in Sango Local Government Area of Kaduna State in the New Year.

The President, who described the incidents as “reprehensible and unacceptable,” directed law enforcement agencies in both states to intensify their current efforts in order to speedily bring the perpetrators to face the wrath of the law.

“I have always maintained that nothing justifies the taking of the life of an innocent person,” he said.

"People in our communities must learn to live peacefully.”

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President Buhari appealed to the communities affected not to embark on reprisal attacks, but allow the security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations to properly punish the culprits.

He commiserated with the families of the victims and wished the injured faster recovery.