There is unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits in Kaduna State whom many have identified as herdsmen and President Muhammadu Buhari says their activities are of concern to him. 

To this end, he has approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area.

A statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, says President Buhari strongly condemns the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area. According to him,

"I am deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilisation.

"I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity," it read.

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The new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa States.

This is coming a week after the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of two new helicopter gunships, for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry.

A Quick Response Wing has also been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State, while a Joint Military Intervention Force is fully on ground in Benue.

President Buhari also assured residents of the areas and other Nigerians that security remained a priority for his government.

His administration will not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another, he's said.

According to the President, “these persistent killings are not spontaneous; there are subterranean forces with a sinister agenda to instigate war in the country for selfish purposes".

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He notes that “although unconventional war is particularly complicated, our security forces are making rigorous efforts to better understand these enemies with a view to decisively checkmating their evil attacks".

Take heart, he tells the families, victims, the government and the people of Kaduna State over the unfortunate tragedy, assuring them that his government will never abandon them to their fate.