In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Mr. President condemns the wicked attack and directed security agencies to begin immediate investigation with a view to bringing the perpetrators of the act to book.
President Buhari, while sympathising with those who lost their loved ones, also prayed that God comforts the grieving families and grants the souls of the victims eternal rest.
Furthermore, he condemned the wanton killings in other parts of the country and challenged security and law enforcement agencies to rise to the occasion and bring the attacks to an end.
“We must condemn inhuman and unnecessary shedding of human blood all over the country.
“We seem to have lost value for human life, which is sacred. Man is the glory of God’s creation and nobody has the right to unjustly and unlawfully take another person’s life in a reckless manner”.
He enjoined all citizens to learn to live together in peace and brotherhood and not allow little misunderstandings to degenerate into heartless acts capable of straining the bonds of nationhood.
Unknown gunmen had on Monday evening attacked traders at a yam market in Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, north-central Nigeria.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ortom on ICT and Media, Tahav Agerzua, had clarified that the killing was not linked to the activities of herdsmen as some supposed.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Police Special Tactical Force to Zaki-Biam and other troubled spots in Benue state to restore lasting peace and prevent further loss of lives.
The force in a press statement signed by its Force’ Public Relations Officer, CSP Jimoh O. Moshood, said:
“Worried by the killings of innocent people by invading unknown gunmen at Zaki Biam in Benue state on 20th March 2017 and destruction of property worth millions of Naira, the Inspector General Of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris npm, mni, has deployed Police Special Tactical Force, comprising Police Mobile Force (PMF specially trained anti-riot policemen), counter terrorism units, conventional policemen, Special Anti-robbery Squad, SIB, detachment of EOD, police k9 (sniffer dogs section), Police Air Wing (aerial surveillance helicopters) and other undercover operatives with their headquarters in Zaki Biam, Ukum Iga, Benue state.
“The Police Special Tactical Force is led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force headquarters, Abuja, under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations.”
The team is expected to cover all the communities, towns, villages, vulnerable points, government and private infrastructures and facilities in the area.