Sokoto Killings: Lawmakers, Governors React
The Caliphate, the state of the Sultan, Sokoto is bleeding.
The hitherto violence-free state witnessed its first attack in years after 39 persons were killed by suspected bandits on Tuesday.
The Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday condemned the killings.
The Sokoto State Government was reported on Thursday to have held a mass burial on Wednesday for 32 people, who were killed when bandits on motorcycles invaded villages in Rabah Local Government Area.
While Senator Adamu Aliero (Kebbi-Central) and his counterpart, Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto-North), who both sponsored a motion that condemned the killings, put the number of people that died at 40, in the House, a member from the state, Aminu Shagari, said about 32 persons were killed.
But the state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, while receiving seven governors on Thursday said besides the 32 people, who were buried, seven more corpses were brought to the villages on Wednesday.
At plenary, the Senate condemned the killings and urged the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel and equipment to Sokoto State.
While calling for more security presence in Sokoto and the neighbouring states, the upper chamber of the National Assembly urged the military, Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services to combat the killers collectively.
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