Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari
Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, said inadequate security personnel was one of the reasons why he urged the people of the state to embrace self-defence.
Masari also said he could not fold his arms and allow his citizens to be killed by bandits across the state.
The governor said that was the reason why he asked the citizens of Katsina to arm and defend themselves against the rampaging bandits in the state.
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According to him, since there is no security to guard every community, he cannot fold his arms and see bandits kill people unnecessarily.
Masari stated this in an interview on the state radio, Nagarta, monitored in Kaduna on Monday.
He noted that the state government had tried its best to negotiate and reach an agreement with the bandits in the past but to no avail.
He added that the negotiation option failed because it was discovered that bandits had no central leadership.
The governor said, “There was no single leader to caution them because they are not fighting a particular ideological cause rather than to steal. They are groups of kidnappers and bandits; most times, in a group, you find not less than 10 members scattered in the forest.
“We also know that there are not enough security personnel. How many soldiers are there in Katsina and this is because this insecurity affected virtually all states of the federation.
“This compounded the problem and people cannot fold their hands and watch themselves being killed. If they abandon their villages, where will they go and when will the killings end?