- Garba Shehu has clarified his statement on how traditional institution is aiding bandit attacks in Katsina state
- The presidential aide said some traditional rulers, not all, have been found in "unholy alliance" to harm their people
- Shehu said those bad eggs found sabotaging government's efforts must pay the price for their actions
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained his stance on how some local traditional rulers are aiding armed bandits to execute attacks in Katsina state.
Legit.ng recalls that Shehu, while speaking on a programme on Channels TV on Monday, June 15, disclosed that the heinous activities of bandits are aided by some local rulers and district heads.
Shehu said those rulers are benefiting from the attacks, adding that "some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people."
Maintaining his stance, Shehu who wrote via his Twitter handle said some local rulers have been flushed out due to heir "unholy alliances with bandits."
The presidential media aide, however, explained that his position has been misconstrued to generalise the unholy bond between the bandits and traditional institution in entirety.
He explained that not the "entirety of the traditional institution in Katsina is complicit in the episode" but some rulers have been sabotaging the efforts of the government against attackers.
"Under the leadership of their Highnesses, the Emirs of Katsina and Daura, traditional rulers in the state have continued to support security and law enforcement agencies in tackling the problems of kidnapping and banditry that reared their heads in the state.
"When, however, a few bad eggs are discovered and made an example of, as is bound to happen, that is to show good leadership by the Emirs, who sit on top of the pack and the state governments," Shehu said.
He further noted that while some traditional rulers are benefitting from the bond with bandits, some have paid the price for protecting their people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the residents of the Mazoji and Sarkin Fulani Fafu village was thrown into mourning following the murder of the village head, Malam Dikko Usman, by men suspected to be bandits.
Late Usman was reportedly murdered on Friday evening, June 12, in his residence in Mazoji ward in Matazu local government area in Katsina state.
It was gathered that suspected armed bandits turned the village into commotion as they headed to the residence of the late village head and killed him.