Masari: We Cough out N100m Monthly to Fight Armed Bandits
Katsina State Gov’t spends over N3m in fighting banditry, kidnapping daily – Masari
The Katsina State Governor, Rt. Hon. Aminu Masari had during last week lamented the destructive activities of armed bandits, kidnappers and insurgents in the state.
To that regard, the Governor revealed that his administration gives security operatives in the state monthly allowances of over N100 million to fight security challenges.
This according to Katsina Post checks amounts to over N3 million daily.
Masari, however, warned his critics and oppositions that the current security challenges in the state should not be politicised, noting that the proliferation and possession of unlawful firearms in the country “call for increased security measures.”
The Governor also debunked claims that his administration had not accorded security challenges in the state with deserved attention.
Recall that Katsina State has been facing series of deadly attacks affectingaat least eight frontline Local Government Areas namel; Batsari, Safana, Dandume, Kankara, Danmusa, Faskari, Jibia, Sabuwa and Musawa.
Specifically, the governor said that the state government purchased 10 Toyota Hilux operational vehicles at the tune of N181 million and distributed to the affected LGAs to boost security patrol.
He said that the operational vehicles “are meant for surveillance and quick response to emergencies across the dreaded councils bordering the Rugu forest, one of the deadly forests camping criminals.
The governor, also, disclosed that the state government had procured more than 50 operational motorcycles for security operatives in the state “to support the fight against armed bandits and kidnappers.”
He, thus, canvassed collaborative approach by all sectors in the state “to successfully tackle and overcome the security challenges, instead of “blackmails and unguided utterances.”
He explained that the cooperation of all citizens irrespective of political affiliations or wherever they come from “is imperative to overcome insecurity and all forms of criminality in Katsina State. We should not politicise security issue because is everyone’s business.
He said the security of lives and property was crucial to socio-economic development, which he said, was the reason his administration had taken proactive measures to avert emerging security challenges.
The governor added that he had been in constant touch with his counterparts in the neighbouring states of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States “to secure boundary villages which might be used by criminals to gain access to the state.