Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, the Emir of Bungudu, has accused the Nigerian Air Force of ignoring distress call when bandits attacked his domain on Saturday.
“Just on Saturday, in my domain, the bandits struck in broad daylight and killed 15 people. Thirteen people died instantly, while two others gave up the ghost later,” he said in an interview with Punch.
According to the Emir, 15 people were killed in the incident that happened in broad daylight.
He noted that the Local Government Chairman informed the Air Force about the apparently impending attack, but however got a shocking response.
“The worst of all was that when the local government chairman alerted the head of the air force to the attack, the response he got from the other end was that he was not supposed to have picked his (of the LG chairman) call, ‘since you people have decided to disgrace us,” he said.
“When the council chairman informed me of what transpired, I picked my phone and called the air force commander. Three times I did, but he never picked my calls and since Saturday, he has yet to return my calls,” he added.
He further alleged that the places where the bandits keep their kidnapped victims had not been raided by the Air Force.
The Emir noted that the bandits were still very much around and wreaking even more havoc despite intervention by security agencies.
“Nobody is saying they are not doing anything. They need to do more by taking the battle to the bandits’ enclaves, instead of fighting them at the periphery.
“Most times when they strike and retreat, these bandits regroup and launch more ferocious attacks on innocent villagers, accusing them of inviting the security agencies.
“These bandits were still around and wreaking havoc. The security force should take the war to them.”
“We have notified the security agencies about their camps. Some are kept in southern Maru, Bunuwe, in Birnin area, and Dandili. The victims are not actually kept in those villages but in forests and rocky terrains.”