BY ANDY ASEMOTA
Following the increasing threat posed by armed robbery, Katsina State House of Assembly on Thursday faulted the use of security votes by the executive arm of the government to combat the menace.
The resolution which was part of the recommendations contained in the report of the House Committee on Security and Intelligence on rampant armed robbery cases in Manki and Batagarawa Locaal Government Areas of the state.
Presenting the report, the committee chairman, Abubakar Suleiman, said: “From both common sense and intelligence perspectives, armed robberies in the state have not been dealt with inspite of the state government’s support and assistance to security agencies. However, the problem could not be said to unconnected with the high rate of unemployment, intelligence failures and ineffective utilization of security votes.
“By and large, intra-agency rivalry creates intelligence gaps and this invariably affects all efforts to fight insecurity. Therefore, unless there is synergy in the co-ordination on combating the menace of armed robbery and other related crimes, the lives and properties of the citizens of Katsina State would always be at stake.”
According to him, the lack of quick response to crimes by security agencies in the state most often led to loss of lives and properties, adding that the agencies lacked enough communication gadgets and logistics/ vehicles for covert operations.
Suleiman also said the rate of unemployment among the youths in the state has been identified as one of the key factors contributing to the increase in criminal activities.
He however recommended that the executive arm and the security agencies should be commended in writing for their combined efforts in solving problems of cattle rustling in the state.
The house presided over the deputy speaker, Shehu Tafoki, thanked the committee for carrying out the important assignment while commending the efforts of the state government and security agencies at overcoming the threat of cattle rustling inspite of the minor shortcomings.