Gov Masari blames volunteers, informants for bandits’ attacks, kidnapping in Katsina
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has blamed the deplorable condition of security and its cumbersome nature in the state on the activities of volunteers popularly known as Yan’sakai and informants who provide the bandits with information.
The Governor made this known while addressing the victims of banditry and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Faskari and Dandume Local Government Areas of the State during a sympathy visit to them at their camps.
The Governor, who was accompanied by his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa and other top government officials and security chiefs, on Saturday visited Kadisau village, IDPs camps in Faskari Model Primary School and Dandume Primary School respectively.
The two camps have a combine number of over 4,688 IDPs, mostly women and children as at the time of the visit.
He said: “We don’t accept or approve Yan’sakai because in most cases, they are the ones that trigger mass killings. Yan’sakai will travel 20 or 30kms from their place to another place and kill a Fulani or anybody they suspect to be bandit.
“When the Fulani people and bandits in the forest come out, they attack a nearest community that was not involved in the killing of the person alleged to have been killed by them.
“It has happened in Kadisau and many other places that we saw massive killings. We don’t approve the activities of Yan’sakai but the vigilantes working with the police is what we are working to make sure that they are properly trained to assist the police before the coming of community policing.”
Masari, during the sympathy visit, renewed his pledge to do everything humanly possible to tackle the wave of insecurity bedevilling the state to enable the displaced persons return to their ancestral homes.
He assured them that joint security operatives would go after the bandits and assiduously work to put an end to the indiscriminate killings and kidnapping of innocent citizens in the state.