Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari has lamented that 10 out of 34 local government areas of the state are under persistent attacks by bandits and kidnappers.
Governor Masari stated this on Thursday while speaking when he received the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, at the Government House, Katsina.
He expressed worries over the prevailing spate of banditry, kidnapping, rape and armed robbery that were preventing his government’s effort at restoring peace and normalcy in the state.
The governor said the military and other security agencies need logistics support and manpower to tackle banditry and other insecurity challenges confronting the nation.
He added that the world has gone into the era of technology, as “with technology you can fight your war with minimum number of personnel”.
“We here in Katsina, if we say we are very happy, we are not being honest. We are disturbed with this issue of banditry accompanied with kidnapping, raping of innocent women, armed robbery on our highways. I want technology to be properly deployed to bring this banditry activities under control.
“We are not deceiving ourselves that we will eliminate criminality; it has never been done before, it cannot be done today rather can it be done tomorrow but we can bring it under control in such a way that it does not disturb the way of life of people as we are seeing today.
“10 out of 34 local governments in Katsina State are under severe bandits attacks daily. So, with that in mind, there is no way we can sleep. Our phones are permanently on to hear what is happening in local governments. Before breakfast, I am briefed about what happened last night. So General we are not in a very comfortable situation but we thank God.”
Masari said the state government has amended the local government laws and created a three-tiers security structure in the state in order to restore the roles of traditional, religious, youths and women leaders in fighting insecurity across the state.
This comes a few days after Governor Masari lamented that the level of insecurity in Katsina is alarming and it has been giving him sleepless nights.