President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the attack on security forces in Ajata-Aboki community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State by terrorists was a direct assault on the Nigerian state which will not go unpunished.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that at least 43 people including 37 security personnel were killed during the attack.
Mr Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the president paid tributes to the security officials who lost their lives during the attack.
“We honour our security forces, and particularly those brave souls who have given their lives fighting against the evil that is terrorism. They constitute the best that Nigeria has to offer and we remember each of them.
“Sadly, Nigeria’s fight against terrorism continues. It is a battle that is taking its toll on all of us. But we shall not relent, nor shall we surrender.