- The deputy speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly, Dalhatu Tafoki, said his constituents are more afraid of bandits than COVID-19
- Tafoki said many people have been killed, abducted and a large number of animals rustled in his constituency
- Katsina state has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one death as at Tuesday, April 21
As at Tuesday, April 21, about 2.5 million people across the world have contracted COVID-19 while 170,552 people have died; 653,190 have recovered, according to Worldometer.
In Nigeria, the infectious disease has spread to 25 states, including the FCT, according to the data released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
The total confirmed cases stand at 665 with 188 people discharged after recovery. So far, 22 people have died from the disease.
However, as deadly as COVID-19 is, the deputy speaker of Katsina state House of Assembly, Dalhatu Tafoki, said his constituents are more afraid of bandits than the infectious disease.
Katsina state has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the time of this report, with one death.
Speaking against recent attacks by bandits at Sabon Layin Galadima Ward of Faskari local government area of the state, where three persons were killed, Tafoki said in the last two weeks, the people had faced series of attacks.
Katsina is one of the states in the northwest where bandits have killed many residents.
According to Daily Trust, 47 persons were killed in the state on Sunday, April 19.
The lawmaker said many have been killed, abducted and a large number of animals rustled.
"People are really suffering more than this virus that has not come to us and we pray it does not,” the lawmaker was quoted to have said.
He lamented the inability of security personnel stationed in the area to repel the attack by dislodging the bandits and also wondered why the bandits were not upholding the agreement the government reached with them.
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He enjoined security personnel to be alive to their responsibilities in ensuring the safety of lives and properties of the people and urged the people of the affected local government to have faith in the government in its bid to ensure lasting peace in the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Katsina state recorded its first COVID-19 death as confirmed coronavirus cases spread across Nigeria.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari announced the death of the state’s first COVID-19 patient on Tuesday, April 7.
The deceased is identified as Dr Aminu Yakubu, a private medical practitioner based in Daura.
It was gathered that the late doctor recently returned from Lagos to Katsina state.
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