- Katsina residents have replied presidential spokesman Garba Shehu after he made a stunning revelation on banditry in the state
- The people urged the government to mention the traditional rulers allegedly aiding banditry in the northern state
- Recall that the presidential aide alleged that some traditional rulers have been found in "unholy alliance" to harm their people
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Following the presidency's shocking revelation on banditry in the northern part of the country, Katsina state residents on Monday, June 15, asked the Nigerian government to give up the names of traditional rulers allegedly aiding bandits.
According to a report by Daily Trust, the people explained that if relevant authorities did not name, arrest and prosecute the traditional rulers found complicit in the spike of recent insecurity the situation would amount to “shifting blame”
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Speaking to the online publication, Katsina community leaders and locals in areas mostly affected by the bandit attacks noted that it was necessary to reveal the identities of those supporting banditry to avoid mutual suspicion.
While the secretary of Katsina Emirate Council, Bello Ifo, added that the emirate was reviewing the allegation, residents said such a claim must be followed by prompt action.
They believe that the presidential spokesman would not make a bold statement without having his facts intact.
A resident from one of the affected areas said the allegation made against some traditional rulers is mere hearsay as no name as ever been mentioned.
However, another resident from Dutsinma said claims raised by Shehu was very complicated, adding that the allegation may be true because the spokesman is speaking from an informed point of view.
This development is coming after the president's senior special assistant on media and publicity said that some traditional rulers in the Nigerian leader's state of origin are actually aiding the bandits in their evil activities.
Shehu made this claim while speaking with journalists on Monday, June 15. He revealed that most of these traditional rulers do this because they are benefiting from it.
He said: “It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people.”
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina said he has failed in protecting the residents of the state from bandits.
The governor's comment is coming weeks after sustained attacks by bandits in various parts of the state, which sparked widespread outrage and violent protests in the state.
Speaking with reporters at the government house in Katsina, Masari said he is not happy because his people have never had rest since he came on board as governor. He said the bandits were “worse than animals” because they kill people in the state indiscriminately.
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