Bandits attack: Buhari warns against revenge, jungle justice

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In the wake of the attacks on two villages in Katsina State that left 30 persons dead, President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against self-help or revenge.

The President who condemned the latest round of attacks on farmers by bandits in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State called for calm.

A statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying “no one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge”, added that “killing people in the name of revenge is not acceptable.”

Local communities that catch bandits should hand over the suspects to law enforcement authorities instead of meting out capital punishment, leading to a cycle of revenge and counter revenge,” he said.

He urged community leaders and the local authorities to continue their efforts in partnership with law enforcement agencies that bring the surrender of bandits, leading to peace between farmers and herders.

The authorities must be allowed to investigate and deal with any breach that occurs. There is no place for violence in a decent society,” he said.

Buhari prayed God to comfort families that had lost loved ones in the attacks and repose the souls of the victims.

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