The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has asked security operatives to “fish out” the bandits who raided communities in Sokoto and killed over 70 people.
Recall that villages in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto were attacked on Wednesday and more than 70 people were killed causing uproar.
Speaking when Abubakar Sadiq, Chief of Air Staff, paid him a courtesy visit at his palace on Saturday, the monarch said the level of insecurity in the country has grown from bad to worse.
“People can no longer go about their normal businesses in Nigeria. Insecurity has gotten to the point that you will be in your house and somebody will just come and pick you up,” he said.
“You just can’t imagine how people could be this callous to take away lives without even taking anything from them. The first and foremost job of any leader is to protect the lives and properties of his people.
“I think there is something behind it. In the last couple of years, banditry has gone from bad to worse in Nigeria. We have to find out what has gone wrong. What are these bandits after? What do they stand to gain?
“We are ready to support the arms forces to achieve the desired success. Follow bandits to anywhere they are and kill them. We must protect our people at all cost.
“The federal government must equip the armed forces even if it needs using the whole budget of the country. We must equip our armed forces because its the most important thing to do. We must continue to give information in confidence.
“Unless we wake up as a country and equip our forces to the highest level, we will continue to have these challenges.
“Our forces need the minimum logistics but I am very sure we do not have them in good numbers. We need massive recruitment, massive training and equipment. Nigeria armed forces don’t have the equipment to deal with all terrains.”