President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday, received the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, in the State House, Abuja.
The meeting, which was held behind closed-doors, was at the instance of Governor Tambuwal and was reportedly about the security situation in Sokoto State.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Tambuwal said he had asked the President for more military support to check the activities of bandits in the state.
The governor disclosed that he solicited for logistics and support for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the state.
“I requested to see the president yesterday (Thursday) and he granted me audience today.
“I have seen him, briefed him on the security situation in Sokoto state in particular; the security situation in Sokoto Eastern Senatorial District and of very special concern, Sabon Birni Local Government Area of the state.
“Apart from the previous attacks, only two days ago through banditry attacks we lost about 74 people in a very heinous and dastardly act of aggression from the bandits.
“I have briefed Mr President on the general situation and the need for support that we require.
“When I said `we’ in this case I meant the security personnel that are there in Sokoto working day and night in synergy with each other to ensure that they maintain peace and order in the state”, he said.
Tambuwal expressed satisfaction with the president’s response so far in addressing the menace of bandits in the state.
He revealed that governors of the North western states including Niger state (North Central) had agreed to jointly address the problem of insecurity in the region.
On COVID-19, the governor revealed that Sokoto state had so far recorded 116 cases, 14 deaths, over 90 had recovered from the virus while only eight were remaining at the State’s Isolation Centres.
“We are working hard, the task force is doing very well; the medical team in the state is doing very well and the public response to mobilization and awareness is paying up,’’ he added.
President Buhari had earlier today met behind closed doors with Gov. Nasiru el-Rufa’I of Kaduna State at the Presidential Villa, Abuja