Banditry: President Buhari meets Governor Masari, assures of improved security

Banditry: President Buhari meets Governor Masari, assures of improved security

- President Muhammadu Buhari has again assured the people of Katsina against bandits attack

- The president's home state has been under siege from the bandits in recent weeks

- President Buhari also lamented the killing of a district head and a political party chairman in the state recently

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people and government of Katsina state of renewed efforts to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country.

The president gave the assurance in a meeting with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, at the State House on Thursday, June 4.

He said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across the country, will not be spared.

He commiserated with the governor over the loss of lives from attacks by bandits, which include district head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino, and APC chairman in Batsari local government council, Alhaji Abdulhamid Sani Duburawa.

Governor Masari recently vowed never to grant amnesty to bandits again 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.

Recall that 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 where he also stressed that security matters were not under his control but handled by the federal government.

The federal government, he added, provides weapons and logistics for armed forces needed to defend the country.

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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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