- Governor Bello Aminu Masari of Katsina state has charged the people in his domain to toughen up against bandits
- According to the governor, the time for residents to be fleeing their homes due to attacks should come to an end
- The governor tasked the people to acquire arms, stay back and fight the bandits whenever they attack their communities
Katsina - Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has called on people in areas prone to banditry to acquire weapons and defend themselves against the bandits.
Daily Trust newspaper reports that this was contained in a statement issued by one of the governor's spokespersons, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi.
The governor said it was morally wrong for people to submit meekly to the bandits without any attempt to defend themselves.
He made the comment while visiting Jibia town in the state on Tuesday, August 16.
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“It is the people’s meek submission that emboldens the bandits to continue with their heinous activities with murderous frequency, adding that people must divorce their mind from the mistaken notion that security is government’s sole responsibility.”
Meanwhile, Premium Times newspaper reports that armed bandits and Nigerien soldiers are had a fierce gun battle along with the border community of Jibia local government area of Katsina state.
The gunmen reportedly killed a soldier, injured many others, and seized a gun truck belonging to the foreign soldiers.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that bandits killed nine persons in an attack on Bejingo, Dantudu, and Tulutu villages in Sokoto state.
According to the report, eight men and one woman were among those killed by the assailants on Saturday, August 14.
Also, the bandits carted away herds of cattle belonging to the villagers during the attack.
In a related development, the presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will convene a crucial meeting with the current security chiefs on Thursday, August 19.
Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, stated in a Facebook post on Tuesday, August 17.
He said that the meeting will be an avenue in which the security heads will bring the president up to speed with the security situation in the country.