Katsina State government has set up a committee for the rehabilitation of repentant bandits.
It was gathered that bandits who want to leave the forest where they have been practicing the nefarious activities would be resettled in a more convenient place being constructed by government.
The Secretary to the Government of the State, (SGS) Mustapha Mohammed Inuwa, stated this during a press briefing on security and social intervention programmes held at Government House.
He said the government had constituted a committee to relocate the repentant bandits to a more convenient settlement located around Rugu forest with schools, healthcare infrastructure and markets.
Explaining further, he said that the purpose of resettling the bandits was to provide them with farm lands for cattle rearing and other agric-related activities.
“We have completed plans to resettle those who accept to leave banditary to an approved settlement near Rugu forest, this is part of a design by government to clear the forests from being inhabited by bandits. The committee is set to work on the needed infrastructures any time from now.
“The settlement areas being considered include, Yantumaki-Maidabino forest area and Sabwa/Faskari forests”, he said.
The SGS also announced that the state government has so far, spent close to N4.274 billion on financial support to security agencies in the areas of infrastructure, logistics, and security personnel allowances.
“The battle has been taken to the bandits and their atrocities have significantly subsided. The incidence of armed banditry and kidnapping and other forms of criminalities for ransom have significantly subsided compared to few months back when these incidences were a daily occurrence,” the SSG added.