The Secretary to Katsina State Government (SSG) and Chairman, Dialogue and Amnesty Committee, Dr. Mustapha Mohammed Inuwa, says there are signs that the amnesty programme introduced to address the security challenges are working.
Dr Inuwa said the government had been working to put an end to the security challenges posed by the armed robbers, the kidnappers, the cattle rustlers, and the Kaurayi violent youths to protect the life and property of the citizens for meaningful development.
He said parts of the success stories in the fight against insecurities was the arrest of about 117 suspected criminals the recovery of over 30,000 stolen cattle between July, 2015 and June, 2016.
About 24,000 cattle were returned to the owners after series of screening, while about 84 motorcycles were equally recovered among many other things from the criminals.
“We had to review the situation and adopted the option of dialogue and youth empowerment. Those of them who repented are helping us to arrest the rustlers. We had to put the market in shape and that brought increase in business activities.
“Robbery cases also subsided. In fact, only recently, one of the heads of the robbers single-handed arrested two of the three notorious armed robbers and handed them over the Divisional Police Officer (DPO). It shows that the amnesty programme is working.
“We have few challenges. We realize, especially on the issue of cattle rustling and drug abuse, the connivance of some highly placed persons in the society. Unfortunately, since some are beneficiaries of the situation, they participate, aid and abate.
We noticed active connivance with the politicians, traditional rulers and security agents because of what they benefit. However, by the time some of them realised that the government were serious, they had to back out, especially after arresting, interrogating and prosecuting some of them.
“Some of them buy the cows from rustlers at ridiculous prices of as low as N30,000 for a cow selling at N150,000.”