- Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state is regretting negotiating with bandits in the past
- The governor has vowed never to grant amnesty to the gunmen again as they have continued terrorising the state
- The bandits had apparently abandoned the agreement with the governor and has since resumed attacking villages
Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari has vowed never to grant amnesty to bandits again.
The governor made the declaration during an interview with the BBC Hausa service.
Masari had earlier granted amnesty to the bandits with the aim of quelling the uprising in the state, but the security situation has since gone from bad to worse.
The bandits had apparently abandoned the agreement with the governor and has since resumed attacking locals in the state.
Masari lamented several of the bandits operating in the state were from neighbouring Niger Republic and were doing so in collaboration with their counterparts from Zamfara, Kaduna and Sokoto states.
Daily Trust quoted the governor as saying some bandits who accepted amnesty betrayed his government and became enemies of the state, and were among those fuelling insecurity in the state.
The federal government had on Saturday, May 16 deployed troops to combat bandit attacks and related violent activities in Katsina state.
This was disclosed by Governor Masari during a radio interview 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.
Meanwhile, 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.
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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