Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina has asked the military to beef up security, lamenting how bandits raid 10 of the 34 Local Government Areas of the state on a daily basis.
Speaking when he received the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, at the Government House, Katsina, on Thursday, Masari said he is worried about the situation.
He said the military and other security agencies need logistics support and manpower to tackle banditry and other insecurity challenges.
The governor called on the security agencies to redouble their efforts so that military could go back to the barracks while the police assume their law enforcement responsibilities.
We are not happy
We here in Katsina, if we say we are very happy, we are not being honest. We are disturbed with this issue of banditry accompanied with kidnapping, raping of innocent women, armed robbery on our highways.
“I want technology to be properly deployed to bring this banditry activities under control. We are not deceiving ourselves that we will eliminate criminality; it has never been done before, it cannot be done today rather can it be done tomorrow but we can bring it under control in such a way that it does not disturb the way of life of people as we are seeing today.
“10 out of 34 local governments in Katsina State are under severe bandits attacks daily. So, with that in mind, there is no way we can sleep. Our phones are permanently on to hear what is happening in local governments. Before breakfast, I am briefed about what happened last night. So General we are not in a very comfortable situation but we thank God.”