Senator Shehu Sani has alleged that Katsina state is becoming a failing state following attacks by kidnappers and bandits.
The senator representing Kaduna central at the National Assembly in a tweet on Monday, January 21, said attacks by bandits and kidnappers had forced people of Zamfara state to flee to Katsina.
The lawmaker said now, the people of Katsina state had come under attacks by kidnappers and bandits and were seeking refuge in Niger republic to escape the suspected criminals, pointing out that it was a sign that Nigeria was becoming a failing state that was being overwhelmed.
“Last year the people of Zamfara were forced to flee to Katsina to escape the Bandits & Kidnappers;And now their hosts, the people of Katsina are forced to flee to Niger republic to escape the Bandits & Kidnappers; A clear symptom of a failing state, gradually being overwhelmed,” he said.
Meanwhile, a reported attack by suspected bandits on some villages in Gandhi district of Rabah local government area of Sokoto state has led to the deaths of 26 persons.
Daily Trust reports that Warwana, Tabkin Kwasa and Dutsi villages were attacked on Sunday, January 13, by bandits who arrived on 25 motorcycles, each carrying three bandits.
Eyewitnesses said the bandit started attacking the communities around 5pm. Those said to be displaced by the attacks have reportedly been taken to a displaced persons camp in Gandhi town.
The killings were confirmed by state’s commissioner of police, Murtala Mani, who said the command had deployed more men to the area.
Mani stated that a strong team of army, police and civil defence corps were currently patrolling the area to prevent further attacks.
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