Uproar in Katsina state assembly as bandits massacre 16 residents

Uproar in Katsina state assembly as bandits massacre 16 residents

- There is widespread anger in Katsina state at the moment

- This is as a result of the continuous attacks by bandits across the state

- Lawmakers in the Katsina state House of Assembly say both the federal and state governments have failed to protect the people

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Members of the Katsina state House of Assembly have lamented over the worsening insecurity situation in the state, saying both the state and federal governments had failed woefully in securing lives and property of the residents.

The lawmakers, whose emotions spiralled out of control during plenary on Thursday, May 14, said the deteriorating security condition of Katsina, if not curtailed by relevant security agencies and government, would engulf the entire state soon.

ThisDay reports that the lawmakers' outburst was due to a recent incident, where bandits massacred 16 persons in multiple attacks on four local government areas of Safana, Dutsin-Ma, Batsari and Faskari.

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Moving a motion under matters of urgent public importance, the member representing Safana constituency, Honourable Abduljalal Runka, said the bandits had last week invaded two communities in his constituency and massacred six persons.

He said: “They attacked these villages in the night last Tuesday and killed six persons. During the attack, I called security personnel but nothing was done. These bandits carried out their operations successfully.”

The lawmaker called on the state government to allow and empower the vigilante groups in the state to protect the lives of the rural dwellers, saying “they perform far better than the military and police.”

Seconding the motion, the lawmaker representing Sabuwa constituency, Ibrahim Danjuma, added that banditry and kidnapping have become a daily occurrence in his constituency and other local government areas.

He explained that bandits riding on six motorcycles stormed a village in Sabuwa Local Government Area and kidnapped seven persons, including a four-month-old baby last night, adding that the hoodlums were threatening to kill them if a ransom is not paid.

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Also contributing, the lawmaker representing Danjume constituency, Haruna Gomma, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, come to the aid of Katsina citizens in order to end what he described as the daily bloodbath in the state.

“Both President Buhari and Governor Aminu Masari have failed in securing the lives and property of Katsina state citizens. Our people are being killed on a daily basis but nothing has been done,” he said.

Responding, the Speaker of the Assembly, Honourable Tasi’u Zango, urged the assembly committee on security to investigate the rationale behind incessant killings in the state and report back to the legislative house.

The situation has been so severe that a hashtag on Twitter #PrayForKatsina has been trending for some days.

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Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Thursday, May 14, summoned members of the National Security Council to a security meeting at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

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The urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security challenges in Katsina, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and other parts of the country.

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