Tambuwal confirms 16 killed in fresh Sokoto violence

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has confirmed the death of 16 persons in fresh attacks at Dalijan, Rakkoni and Kalhu communities in Rabah local government area of the state.

Tambuwal confirmed the attack during a news conference on Tuesday in Sokoto.

He said the incident occurred on Monday night and called on security agents to increase efforts at safeguarding lives and property in the state.

A total of 81 people have died since bandits began on July 9, 2018 to launch attacks in the state.

“During the elections, we experienced developments that clearly exhibited continued determination of the opposition to engaged in do-or-die politics.

“Leaders and loyalists of our party, the PDP were harassed, hounded and arrested by security agents even on the Election Day.

“The opposition also engaged in post-election mayhem, with attacks and arson on law-abiding citizens.

“Many properties and houses were razed in Wamakko and Kware towns as well as parts of Sokoto metropolis in a show of terror against perceived opponents and non-partisan members of the public,” Tambuwal said.

He alleged that many polling units identified as PDP strongholds had logistic and technical problems such that voting continued late into the night.

“We were aware of efforts to engaged electoral officials and security agents by the opposition with a view to compromising their integrity.

“These manifested through various machinations and techniques that included the late hour transfer of security officials and replacement of electoral officers,” he said.

He emphasised that his administration was committed to free and fair elections conducted in a peaceful atmosphere and freedom.