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‘Why War Against Kidnapping, Banditry Still Rages In N/West’



Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has reviewed the anti-kidnapping and banditry efforts in parts of North West geo-political zone and lamented that the affected states were still far from achieving desired success.

Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Katsina, Masari said peace and quiet would continue to elude most North Western states as long as each state fights act of criminalities in isolation.

While describing the red flag he raised in terms of banditry, massive kidnapping and cattle rustling in the state during the build up to 2019 general elections as a successful wake up call to the police, the army and other services of security agencies, the governor lamented: “The operation is within the borders of Katsina State; there are other states that are bordering Katsina State including another country.”

Masari further asserted: “We are trying to contain what comes in but we have no right beyond the borders of Katsina and I do believe that unless there is peace and quiet in Zamfara and Kaduna, there won’t be peace and quiet in Katsina and if there is no peace and quiet in Katsina, there can never be peace and quiet in Zamfara and Kaduna. So, it is a collective responsibility for all us to come together to make sure that the forest (hide-out of criminal elements) is restored to what it used to be.”

The governor also suggested that the siege of kidnappers and bandits on the state in the build-up this year’s elections was perhaps to make elections impossible in the nine frontline local government areas of Katsina sharing borders with Zamfara and Kaduna States.

“We only saw resurgence during the heat of the campaign for elections and we were expecting people would use that opportunity to come and strike and they did and they were contained. Probably, the plan was to make elections impossible in the nine frontline local governments but luckily enough for us, over 95% of those areas participated fully in the elections. So, whatever the plan was did not succeed in full and they had wanted.”

While describing his re-election as a clear indication of confidence reposed in his administration following its achievements in the last four years, he pointed out that the issues raised in during his 2014/2015 campaign for the governorship seat were still very germane.

“We are taking about education, security, health, water, infrastructure and above all agriculture. So, there is nothing more dear to the people of Katsina State than these I have highlighted and we are going to redouble our efforts.

“What we did twice, this time around, we hope to do it more than four times to redouble our efforts because we have started providing the foundation to build on successes of the previous four years. And we do believe we are rededicating ourselves once again to the service of Katsina State,” he assured.