As count of loses over the orgy of killings visited on communities in his home state of Katsina continues, President Muhammadu Buhari has warned against retaliatory killings as that could set in chains of further killings.
He rather advised the community to handover any bandit they arrest to law enforcement agencies.
According to the statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President gave the warning in his reaction to the incident in which many homesteads were razed by fire with many people killed at weekend.
Daily Mail reports that bandits ad attacked farmers in Damkal and Tsanwa villages in Batsari local government area of Katsina state, killings over 30 people while several dozens were wounded few days ago.
No single person has been arrested.
President Buhari further statement that “no one in the country has a right to take laws into his hands by the way of self-help or revenge.
“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 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,” said the President.