10 out of 34 Local government in Katsina are under siege of Bandits

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By Mukwuzi Joseph

Governor Bello Masari has disclosed that 10 out of the 34 Local Government Areas in Katsina state are under severe daily attack by bandits.

While receiving the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, at the Government House, Katsina on Thursday August 5, the Governor said these bandits kill, rape, injure the people, burn houses and rustle cattle.

Expressing unhappiness over the situation, Masari added that the military and other security agencies need logistics support and manpower to tackle banditry and other insecurity challenges confronting the nation, adding that the world has gone into the era of technology, as “with technology you can fight your war with minimum number of personnel”.

He said; 

“We here in Katsina, if we say we are very happy, we are not being honest. We are disturbed with this issue of banditry accompanied with kidnapping, raping of innocent women, armed robbery on our highways. I want technology to be properly deployed to bring this banditry activities under control.

“We are not deceiving ourselves that we will eliminate criminality; it has never been done before, it cannot be done today rather can it be done tomorrow but we can bring it under control in such a way that it does not disturb the way of life of people as we are seeing today.

“10 out of 34 local governments in Katsina State are under severe bandits attacks daily. So, with that in mind, there is no way we can sleep. Our phones are permanently on to hear what is happening in local governments. Before breakfast, I am briefed about what happened last night. So General we are not in a very comfortable situation but we thank God.”

The governor further assured the COAS of the state government commitments in offering all the necessary support to enable the military discharge its duties effectively.




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