Bandits Outnumber Nigerian Army, Police Personnel In North-West – Katsina Governor, Masari

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, says bandits within the North-West area outnumber the safety personnel within the zone.

He additionally accused the army and the police of not giving the vigilantes the required help.

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Masari spoke in Katsina Tuesday when he acquired the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, who visited the state to get firsthand info on the successes recorded within the ongoing operations in opposition to banditry.

He stated all of the northern state governors supposed to make use of 3,000 skilled vigilantes, “with the help of police, to arm them, but from the report I’m receiving from the current operations in Katsina State, the needed support is not given to the vigilantes.”

He stated, “Let me digress a bit to address the military and the police. We’re trying to bring in vigilantes, trained by them, but they’re not giving them the necessary support.

“We have a situation in which these bandits are outnumbering the security forces, when you have volunteer forces that you’ve trained, that are willing to assist you, but the support and response by the military and the police are not encouraging.

“Now, we’re recruiting additional 500 and the emirate council is recruiting 250, if they don’t have the conducive atmosphere to operate side by side with the military and the police, how can we succeed?”

Masari stated the safety measures taken in opposition to banditry by northwest governors and their counterparts from Nasarawa and Niger states had began yielding optimistic outcomes, “especially the suspension of GSM services, because the informants that invited bandits for kidnap or inform bandits to ambush military or police officers had been cut off.

“And also the demand for ransom normally through the GSM has drastically reduced. The banning of sales of petroleum products, along the border local governments in particular, except to designated filling stations which are allowed to sell a maximum of N5,000 to vehicles and to only operate in the day time.

“So, Honourable Minister, yes, we’ve closed markets, especially the selling of animals, banning of sales of second hand motorcycles in particular to some markets, and I think we’ll move further to all the markets in the state because we understand that it’s one source they use to buy motorcycles for their banditry and other insurgency activities,” he stated.

On the continued army operations, Masari stated the bandits had grow to be underneath immense stress and have been attempting to infiltrate into the communities.

He urged the federal authorities to take the combat to the bandits with none concern of collateral damages.

The governor, nevertheless, stated there was the necessity to make the fitting calculation to minimise the harm.

On his half, the minister stated banditry was not created by the current administration, therefore negotiating with “people who do not share in positive values would not be tolerated.”

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Bandits Outnumber Nigerian Army, Police Personnel In North-West – Katsina Governor, Masari

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