Banditry: Masari opens up, says people losing confidence in govt.


Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari on Wednesday said the unabated insecurity threatening the North West region and Katsina State, in particular, is fast making the people lose confidence in the administration. Speaking when the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, General Leo Irabor paid him a visit, he said the residents of the state are beginning to mobilise to confront the bandits in view of the increasing attacks on their communities. “I’m in a very confusing situation. I have a limitation of resources and authority. I believe that if the brigade and division are empowered with material and logistics, we will see the end of this,” he said.

“The situation in the North West is becoming wearisome. The unfortunate situation of the coronavirus pandemic is what is covering the information on the number of killings through banditry. We live under daily threats” he said.

Masari further said, “For me, I will take the risk of saying these bandits are worse than animals because they lack any form of education. They don’t behave like Muslims. “Our dialogue with them is working in most places but is not working in some respects. We need a complete cleanup operation. Unless the complete structure of banditry is destroyed, you can never have peace.” he said. Earlier, General Irabor said they were in the state to see the true position of things and work out solutions towards addressing the menace.


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