Bandits have taken over parts of Katsina – Masari

Some parts of Katsina State have been taken over by bandits and kidnappers, Governor Aminu Masari told the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammed Adamu yesterday.

“These bandits strike at will, maim at will, destroy lives and property at will,” Masari, who spoke through his deputy Mannir Yakubu, told the police boss.

“In other parts of the state, we also have kidnappers who not only take people on the road but in the comfort of their homes,” he added, citing the “unfortunate incidence of the governor’s in-law who was taken in the comfort of her home.”

He said the IGP was coming in a period of anxiety and apprehension noting that Katsina State has supported and will continue to support the ongoing ‘Operation Puff Adder’ with funds, logistics and accommodation. He announced a donation of 12 vans to the police.

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Already, he said, government has met with the eight front-line local government chairmen to keep them abreast and will do whatever possible to see to the final onslaught on the bandits and kidnappers in the state.

The eight LGs are Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Dan-Musa, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume and Kankara. Some of the LGs share boundaries with Zamfara State, which is under constant attacks from bandits and kidnappers.

Earlier, the IGP said he was in the state to look into the security challenges, especially the activities of kidnappers and bandits.

He said the police needed information on activities of “these miscreants”.

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He said the latest strategy of the police is to take the fight to the kidnappers by identifying them, occupying their location and camps.

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