- The constant bandit attacks in the state have prompted the Niger state House of Assembly to summon the state governor
- The summons was issued by the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 16
- Also summoned to the House was the state commissioner of police
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Governor Abubakar Sani- Bello has been summoned by the Niger state House of Assembly to explain to the failure of his administration to address the incessant bandit attacks in the state.
During the summons on Tuesday, June 16, the legislators accused the government of not doing enough to halt the attacks which have become constant since November 2019, The Nation reported.
The House alleged the government was only paying lip service to fight insecurity.
Also summoned to the House was the state commissioner of police.
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In another report, 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.
Meanwhile, following the president'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”
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.
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