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We’ve given military freedom to end terrorism —Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), Tuesday in Abuja, said his regime had given the military “full freedom” to end the insecurity in the country which he called “madness”.

According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari was reacting to the recent attacks in Kaduna, Plateau and Sokoto states.

The statement is titled, ‘President Buhari condemns barbaric attacks in Kaduna, Plateau and Sokoto, condoles bereaved families.’

The PUNCH reports that at least 50 persons were abducted by terrorists in Damari, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Monday; sending hundreds of dwellers out of the community.

Also, 18 persons were reportedly killed after bandits and members of vigilante groups clashed in the Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State on Monday.

On July 30, 26 persons drowned in an attempt to escape a gun battle between security officers and bandits in Duma village, Tureta Local Government Area of Sokoto State.

Responding to the unfortunate incidents on Tuesday, the President said “We have given security forces full freedom to deal with, and bring to end this madness.”

According to Shehu, the President reviewed the situation following reports on the loss of several lives in the attacks, and vowed to provide all possible support from the federal government to the states.

“I condemn these barbaric attacks on the country. I wish to assure the states of all possible support from the government of the federation. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly,” said the President.

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