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Sokoto Senator Says Security Challenges Will Be Over Soon

Despite the recent attack that killed 19 people in Sokoto, Senator Aliyu Wamakko said the insecurity in the state will be over soon.

Aliyu Wamakko, a senator representing Sokoto North-central in the National Assembly, says the country’s northern region will soon be free of security challenges such as pillaging, kidnapping, and cattle rustling. 

Last week Friday, terrorists opened fire on a market in Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Northwest Nigeria, killing at least 19 people. 

Sokoto is one of the northwestern states plagued by incessant attacks by terrorists known locally as ‘bandits,’ who kill and kidnap for ransom. There is also concern about Jihadist infiltration in the state, following a recent attack blamed on Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists. 

According to a statement issued by Hassan Sanyinnawal, Wamako’s media aide,  the former governor of Sokoto State stated that “measures were being taken by the Federal Government to overcome the challenges that were giving Nigerians sleepless nights.” 

He stated that the Federal Government was collaborating with the National Assembly and security agencies to find solutions to the problems. 

Wamakko urged Nigerians to continue to support the government to achieve its objectives. 

The senator expressed his sympathies to victims of banditry, cattle rustling, insurgency, and kidnapping across the country as he was greeted by supporters upon his return from Abuja.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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