Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has strongly denounced the recent assault resulting in the tragic death of a village leader and numerous residents in Rafi Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State,Daily Trust reports.

Reports from Daily Trust detailed how a merciless attack claimed the lives of at least 21 individuals, including the village head, during Thursday afternoon’s invasion of a market in Madaka, an agricultural community within Rafi LGA.

Eyewitnesses recounted that the assailants, reportedly bandits, descended upon the bustling market around 3 pm, indiscriminately firing upon the unsuspecting crowd.

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Among the victims was a newlywed butcher, who had ventured to the market to procure supplies for his business before falling prey to the bandits’ violence.

In response to this tragedy, Abubakar, in a statement shared via X on Friday, lamented the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria under President Bola Tinubu’s administration, labeling the nation as a “killing field.”

He emphasized the urgent need for the implementation of state police, asserting that empowering states and local authorities to tailor security measures to their specific contexts is essential in combating the pervasive insecurity plaguing the country.

Expressing solidarity with the affected families and the government of Niger State, Abubakar extended his heartfelt condolences and prayers to those grappling with loss and suffering amidst the ongoing crisis.


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