Bandits forced 8 Katsina traditional rulers out of dormains
Activities of bandits in Katsina and other north west states have forced eight village heads to leave their domains for safety in Katsina metropolis, Katsina Beat reports.
The monarchs were all from Batsari district. Batsari local government is among the frontline local government areas in Katsina state witnessing incessant bandits attacks.
Recently, the state government imposed measures to curtail the activities of bandits in the state. Batsari cattle weekly market, one of the biggest in the region, has been shut for two weeks as part of the measures.
The district head of Batsari, Sarkin Ruman Katsina, Tukur Muazu, told Aminiya, a vernacular newspaper, that his district has been constantly overrun by bandits.
“Eight of my village heads have abandoned their people because they can no longer bear it,” he said.
Villages, farmlands deserted
The district head also said most of the villages and hamlets sharing boundaries with Rugu forest have all fled due to incessant attacks.
“Batsari, the local government headquarters is filled to the brim with internally Displaced Persons from the villages. When you go there, you’ll see nobody in the villages because the bandits have chased everyone out. Only those who have nothing you’ll see in those villages,” he added.
The district head also noted that farmers in the area are the worse hits.
“They have chased all farmers away from their farms while their cattles have been rustled,” Mr. Mu’azu said.
He added that he has not work on his farmlands, adding that the land has not been cultivated for three consecutive years.