- Earlier, some protesters hit the streets of Katsina state over rising insecurity in the region and were dispersed by officials of the State Security Services (SSS) and the Police
- Following this development, the governor of Katsina state and the Elders, took the case to the president on Tuesday, December 14
- Governor Bello Masari after the meeting disclosed that there is a need for all states in the Northern region to come together, stand united to defeat banditry
The Northern Alliance Movement converged on Unity Fountain in Abuja, protesting attacks across the nation even as the chairman of the movement, Yahuza Getso, expressed disappointment in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
In view of this, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state, yesterday led a delegation of elders from his state in a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, Daily Trust reports.
The elders included Senator Abba Ali (Buhari’s classmate), Alhaji Aliyu Mohammed, Senator Mamman A. Danmusa, Alh Nalado Y. Sarkin Sudan and Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf.
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Governor Masari addressed reporters
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Masari stressed the need for all the states in the North West to work together to defeat bandits, Vanguard added.
“I think what is most important for us to succeed in fighting these bandits is for all of us the states, especially the north-western states to take the pains and work together to make sure that we block all the loopholes.
“But if one state has a policy and another has a different one, certainly they (bandits) will always be moving from one state to another. Luckily enough, we’re already working closely with states that border us, like Nasarawa and Niger, to bring the problem to a manageable and tolerable level.”
On the recent killing of one of his Commissioners, Masari said the incident had nothing to do with banditry, saying it was a case of assassination.
Masari noted that “if we’re talking about banditry, certainly, we’ve seen some improvement; we cannot say normalcy has returned, but there’s an improvement.”
Brace up for a challenging year, IGP tells police officers
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a call has gone out to police officers in the country to brace up for a challenging time ahead in the coming year.
The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alikali Baba, on Monday, urged strategic police managers in the Nigerian Police Force to brace up for the internal security challenges that the year 2022 will present.
Legit.ng gathered that IGP said that 2022 would likely be a challenging year as it is the year that precedes the 2023 general elections, saying that the force would experience threats from different political areas.
Suspected bandits attack villagers in Plateau state
In a related development, not less than 10 people were killed when individuals suspected to be bandits attacked Pinau town in Wase local government area of Plateau state. Others sustained injuries of varying degrees Sunday evening.
The attack occurred shortly after villagers finished from the weekly community market where they had gone to buy and sell. Hamman Sale, a member of the community who confirmed the incident, revealed that the bandits were from Zamfara state.
The spokesperson of the Plateau state police command, Gabriel Ubah, who is an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident.