- The criminal activities of bandits in Katsina is fast becoming a cause for serious worry
- Reports of the murder of not less than 33 indigenes by bandits in the state have come to the notice of the police
- Youths in the Batsari community of the state said that the area is becoming a ghost town due to the constant invasion of the criminal group
Youths of the Batsari community in Katsina have disclosed that 14 of their indigenes were on Monday, May 13, murdered by a group of bandits along the Batsari-Safana road.
The youths, represented by Gali Iliyasu Batsari, on the platform of the Batsari Youth Forum, also said that 19 persons were also killed by criminal gang in one week, Daily Trust reports.
The spokesman said that the community is now a “ghost town with people daily migrating for safety."
In a feat of protest, he said that constant invasion of bandits and criminals on people in the area is making life unbearable.
“This our protest is to draw attention of the federal and state governments to our plight, we are being killed daily with no commensurate action from government.
“What is more disturbing is the availability of combined security personnel in the town, if we reach them for assistance, they will say we have to wait for orders from above.“
"Just last week, some of our vigilantes whom we rely upon were arrested by police over a killing of one suspected bandit, we see no reason why these people have been killing us and they don’t get arrested; but when we kill, our people are picked and locked up.”
In response to the youths' protest, police command, Gambo Isah, tried to persuade them into waiting for the law to take its due process through the force.
Isah said: “Our action is for the best interest of all, you can’t take law into your hands as stated in the constitution, and nobody should kill another person.
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“They killed him on mere suspicion of being an informant, you cannot fight a crime with crime, we are investigating the circumstances surrounding the killing and subsequent attacks happening in the area.
“If we fold our arms and allow people to carry law into our hands, anarchy looms. We don’t want the crisis to lead us into a state of lawlessness.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the general overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, May 12, submitted that bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers, killer herdsmen and looters had become the commander-in-chief of Nigeria.
The cleric said his stance was due to their overwhelming presence across the country and the inability of the relevant authorities to stop their activities.
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