President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned an attack on vigilantes at Yargoje Forest in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, where many lives were lost.
A statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the insurgents ambushed a convoy of the vigilante in the forest as they went to recover stolen cows, leading to the killings.
The President paid tribute to the vigilante and family members who have been martyred, saying the sacrifices of the “brave men” who are working to prevent and punish crime in their communities “will not be forgotten”.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families in this difficult period,” the President said.
“May Allah repose the soul of the deceased,” he prayed.
Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor