Buhari condemns killing of ‘over 80’ in Plateau, says ‘perpetrators must not be forgiven’


President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned a series of raids on villages in the central Plateau state, in which more than 150 people were killed.

President Buhari described the Sunday attackers as terrorists and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. He said the perpetrators should get no mercy.

Speaking on the development in a statement issued on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari condemned the attacks and urged residents of the state to work with security agencies on providing information on the perpetrators.

“I urge all our citizens, the people of Plateau state in particular, to expose the perpetrators of such incidents, their sponsors and those who encourage such criminals who carry out these dastardly acts of murder, so that the law will take its course. They must not be forgiven,” he was quoted as saying.

Shehu added that Buhari also ordered law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are found

“As full details emerge on the scale of the brutal terrorist attacks in Kanam and Wase communities in Plateau State, President Muhammadu Buhari has described the killings as heinous, saying that the perpetrators should not be allowed to escape justice,” the statement reads.

“He ordered law enforcement agencies to work strenuously with the government of the state, to bring the situation under control and take steps to bring the culprits to justice quickly.

“President Buhari expressed condolences over the terrorist incident, saying that as a matter of priority, peace must return at all costs to the state and the entire country.”

Gunmen on dozens of motorbikes rampaged through four villages in the Kanam area, shooting people dead and burning homes.

Most of the dead have been buried in mass graves as the search for more bodies continues in bushes near the villages.

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