- Governor Aminu Bello Masari has been under fire since bandits laid siege on about six local governments in Katsina state
- The governor has told residents of the state that security matters were not under his control but handled by the federal government
- The governor, however, revealed that the federal government has deployed troops to Katsina state over the issue
The federal government on Saturday, May 16 deployed troops to combat bandit attacks and related violent activities in Katsina state.
This was disclosed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari during a radio interview in the state
Masari said that troops will be deployed to Katsina to combat bandit activities in the state.
During the chat, the governor also stressed security matters were not under his control but handled by the federal government, which is in control of the military and other armed forces.
The federal government, he added, provides their weapons and logistics needed to defend the country.
Katsina has been under siege from bandits months after the state government openly negotiated with the criminal elements
An investigation by The Nation revealed virtually all six local government areas of Bakori, Batsari, Safana, Sabuwa, Faskari and Kankara are constantly gripped by attacks from unrepentant bandits on daily basis.
Earlier this week, members of the Katsina state House of Assembly 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.
Moving a motion under matters of urgent public importance, the member representing Safana constituency, Honourable Abduljalal Runka, said the bandits had recently invaded two communities in his constituency and massacred six persons.
Meanwhile, 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.
The urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security challenges in Katsina, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and other parts of the country.
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