United Nation’s Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, has strongly condemned an attack on Birnin-Gwari village in Kaduna State in which scores were killed and dozens others injured as well as property destroyed. Mr Guterres, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, underscored the need to hold the perpetrators to account. “Those responsible must be swiftly brought to justice,” the Secretary-General said in a statement released through his Spokesperson’s office. Guterres also expressed his continued concern over the persisting violence in the region and urged all actors to, “work together to bring peace and stability to the country.” The UN chief extended his condolences to the families of the victims as well as to the government and people of Nigeria, and wished them a speedy recovery to those injured. In April, 14 miners were reportedly killed in an attack by gunmen in the same area. Mr Guterres noted that Nigeria has been facing a long- running Boko Haram insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and driven over two million people from their homes. Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, as part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area.