Cattle rustlers hits SABUWA, killed scores as Masari vows to ‘ruthlessly’ deal with criminals
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has threatened to deal with anybody or group, whose activities in the state poses danger to law-abiding residents.
The governor spoke in Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa Local Council area yesterday, when he commiserated with the people. Some armed men alleged to be cattle rustlers had killed eight members of the community last week.
The governor said: “There was no reason why some criminals would hold the society to ransom when the government has the resources, the military might and the willpower to deal with the situation.”
He, however, cautioned against passing a blanket judgment on the Fulani herdsmen on account of an attack by few bad elements. He said his administration was determined to deal with criminals, but promised to ensure that the innocent ones were not wrongly punished.
The governor said it would amount to injustice to punish all the herdsmen because no ethnic group had the monopoly of violence. Masari appealed to the security agencies and the traditional rulers to be fair in their dealings with the people, adding that justice and fairness were the necessary ingredients for peace.
According to him, the discontent in the society is often caused by the absence of justice and fairness from those in the positions of authority.
The governor also canvassed support for the Federal government’s ‘Green Alternative’ policy to revive agriculture and livestock in the country.
He said while agricultural resources may last forever, other natural resources like crude oil and solid minerals were transient. He said the green alternative policy could only succeed if farmers and herdsmen live peacefully with one another.