President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday had a telephone conversation with Emir of Maradun in Zamfara, Alhaji Garba Tambari, over the loss of lives and destruction of property following the banditry attacks.

At least 17 persons were killed. 

He expressed sadness over the attacks and gave the Emir an assurance that his administration will do everything it could to secure residents. 

In a statement, the spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Gabar Shehu, said the call was made on Christmas Day.

According to the statement, the President urged the Emir to console his people, and citizens in the entire state over “these heart-wrenching tragedies”.

He told the Emir that his administration was working hard to secure the state and the nation in general, and would bring such attacks to an end.

President Buhari had, on Monday, expressed sorrow over the loss of lives following attacks on communities in Zamfara by bandits and cattle rustlers and assured that the Federal Government would do everything in its powers to end the horrendous attacks.

He disclosed that a major operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces, the Police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, was being considered to restore peace and stability to affected areas.

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Mr Shehu said the President also called the leader of the Izala Muslim religious movement, Sheik Sani Yahaya Jingir in Jos, to condole him following the death, in a road accident in Jigawa, of a number of his followers.

He also commiserated with him on the kidnapping of his other followers in Zamfara.

The President gave assurances that the law enforcement agencies would make the best efforts to free the kidnapped followers of the Sheik.

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