Rising Insecurity: “I Don’t Mind Sacrificing My Life To End Banditry”, Katsina Governor Declares

Rising Insecurity: “I Don’t Mind Sacrificing My Life To End Banditry”, Katsina Governor Declares

  • Although other regions are not exempted, the rising insecurity has continued to trouble the peace and source of livelihood of northern residents
  • While some governors have taken the bull by the horns, others are still struggling with the idea of how to tackle the problem
  • It is a troubling development for the Katsina state governor, Dikko Umaru Radda, who has decided to go as far as sacrificing his life to end banditry

Katsina state, Nigeria - The governor of Katsina state, Dikko Umaru Radda, has made a strong pledge to guarantee the security of lives and safety of residents in the state.

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Katsina governor has emphasized that security remains a paramount concern. Photo credit: Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda
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Katsina governor speaks on ending banditry in the state

Governor Radda has promised to sacrifice his life to end banditry in the state, Daily Trust reported.

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In a BBC Hausa interview, the governor noted that security was a top priority, saying that was why a law was passed to establish a volunteer force equipped with weapons.

The governor had, on Tuesday, October 10, inaugurated the Community Watch Corps to complement the efforts of the conventional security agencies in Katsina state.

“We have inaugurated, trained, and equipped the volunteers, providing them with cars, motorbikes, and even armoured cars,” the governor said.

Katsina governor speaks on minimum wage for security agents

Regarding allowances, Governor Radda hinted that the government had adopted the minimum wage system and the volunteers would be paid accordingly.

He said:

“The public should be aware that these volunteers were doing this job unpaid and are motivated by a sense of duty to protect their families and communities."

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Nigerian senator cries out for help over insecurity

Meanwhile, a Senator representing Benue North-west, Titus Zam, said his parents were languishing in one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in the north-central state.

Zam said this was due to the endless insecurity caused by armed bandits who attacked different areas of the state in 2022.

He said he voted as a member of the IDP community during the 2023 election.

Bandits kidnap Federal University Gusau students

In other news, Legit.ng earlier reported that an unspecified number of students of the Federal University Gusau were abducted in Zamfara state.

According to locals in the community, the bandits came in the early hours of Friday and started shooting sporadically into the air.

However, six female students were reportedly rescued from the bandits, and AK47 and other ammunition were recovered.

Source: Legit.ng

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