Insecurity: People loosing confidence in us, threatening to take arms – Gov Masari
The Governor of Katsina State, Rt Hon Aminu Bello has decried the rising spate of killings by armed bandits in Katsina State stressing that urgent and decisive measures have to be taking to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
The Governor, who was speaking when he received the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, who paid him a courtesy call in Katsina, said heinous activities orchestrated by the bandits were becoming worrisome and had to be put to stop.
He said: “I am in a very confusing situation considering the terrible condition some of our people living in the villages bordering the forest are going through.
“Yesterday (Tuesday), the DPO of Faskari Local Government Area was nearly killed. Presently, he is at the orthopedic hospital suffering from two gunshots and we hope he will survive the injuries.
“In the same light, in the village of Sabuwa Local Government Area, five people were killed and all their animals were rustled. The head of Danmusa Local Government Area, who comes from Sabuwa, was also kidnapped alongside his son.
“Two weeks ago, we lost over 50 people. The bandits now carry out operations on a daily basis. People are losing confidence in us and are threatening to take arms. Yesterday (Tuesday) around 3.00 a.m., I have to plead with the political leadership of Faskari because they have mobilised to fight back.
“We are in a very serious and desperate condition. As the raining season approached, even those who can access their farms cannot because of the activities of bandits who have now taken over major parts of the state.”