- President Muhammadu Buhari assures Nigerians that security agencies are working to speedily bring perpetrators of violence in Rivers, Kaduna state to justice
- He appeals to the communities affected not to embark on reprisal attacks
- Governor Wike places N200 million bounty on perpetrators of New Year day killings
President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the reports of New Year killings that took place in Omoku, Rivers state and in Sango local government area of Kaduna state.
Buhari in a statement on Tuesday, January 2, stated that such violence was unacceptable.
He assured Nigerians that security agencies were working to speedily bring those behind the killings to justice.
The president asked God to comfort the families of the victims.
He also appealed to the communities affected by the violence not to embark on reprisal attacks, but allow the security agencies to carry out comprehensive investigations so that the culprits can be identified and properly punished.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that while others were celebrating the New Year and appreciating God for ushering them into 2018, there were tears of sorrow in the eyes of some people as assailants attacked some residents in Kaduna, Rivers and Kwara states.
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Arak village in the Sango local government area of Kaduna state was thrown into mourning at the break of the New Year as gunmen invaded the village and killed the paramount ruler, Etum Numana II, Dr Gambo Makama and his pregnant wife
In Rivers state, it was reported that 14 people were killed by gunmen who embarked on a shooting spree in Omoku, in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area of Rivers state between 12:10am and 1am.
The victims were said to have gone to their various churches for crossover service and were ambushed on their way back.
Meanwhile, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has placed a N200 million bounty on the perpetrators of Monday, January 1, killing in Omuko, Rivers state.
The governor urged anyone with useful information that will lead to the arrest of the killers to help the state government.
Speaking during a visit to the families of the deceased, Wike, who led the Rivers state security council on a fact finding mission in Omuko condemned the act in the area by some hoodlums.
Sympathising with families of the deceased and victims of the attack, the governor said anyone or group of people connected to the crime would have their house forfeited to the state government.
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