Katsina State under siege by armed robbers, kidnappers – Gov. Masari

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The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari on Wednesday lamented that the state was under siege by bandits, armed robbers and kidnappers.

He stated this during the opening ceremony of an extraordinary security meeting in Katsina, with ex-Governor Ayo Fayose stating that perhaps the disclosure by Masari would make President Muhammadu Buhari stop playing the Ostrich over the worsening insecurity in the country.

President Buhari hails from Katsina State.

According to Governor Masari, “The citizens are on a daily basis being harassed by bandits and kidnappers that are on rampage in the state.

“The Katsina Government organised this one-day joint security and stakeholders meeting to proffer solutions to the state’s current insecurity challenge.

“Our state is currently under serious siege by armed robbers, kidnappers and armed bandits who arrest rural people at will and demand ransom, which if not paid, results in the killing their victims.

“The people of Katsina in the 34 local governments now sleep with one eye closed and the other opened.

“Our state is in a dangerous situation. Travellers are afraid of being stopped on the highway and arrested by kidnappers who demand ransom,” Masari said.

Reacting, the former Ekiti governor tweeted on Wednesday, “Now that the Governor of Katsina State, Bello Masari has cried out that the home-state of President Buhari is under siege by armed robbers, bandits, kidnappers, may be the President will stop playing ostrich to the worsening state of insecurity in the country.”

The Katsina governor stated that the situation was so bad that some thieves stole some electrical equipment near the Government House at the Government Reserved Area in Katsina.

“I am calling on all stakeholders to come out with solutions that will assist the security agencies to discharge their duties,” he said.

Masari urged the stakeholders not hide any criminal, and reveal vital information about criminals during the meeting.

“This time around, we should be able to make sacrifices that will make our state safe and will allow people to go about their lawful business without fear of being arrested by armed bandits and kidnappers.

Soldiers, the Police, Department of State Services, DSS, and other security outfits and traditional rulers attended the meeting.

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