Katsina Governor Aminu Masari says that two designated filling stations are allowed to sell fuel up to N5,000 to motorists in 14 local government areas of the state.
The affected LGs are: Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja, and Kafur.
The governor stated this as part of efforts to check insecurity plaguing the state, according to a statement signed by the Director General, Media, Abdu Labaran, explaining the Security Challenge Containment Order, in which the government adopted 12 measures to contain banditry in the state.
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According to Labaran, Masari also announced the reinforcement of the total ban on the sale of petrol in jerry cans at filling stations.
“Only two designated filling stations are allowed to sell not more than N5,000 to motorists in Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsinma, Kurfi, Danja, and Kafur local governments.
“Identified essential workers like health personnel, security personnel and journalists could use tricycles and motorcycles beyond the banned period,” Labaran stated.
The order has since come into effect.
The governor also pledged to recruit more vigilantes to strengthen security in the state.
Masari stated this when received the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, who was on a working visit to Katsina on Thursday.
He stated that the vigilantes would be recruited in all the 34 local government areas of the state, and that the recruits would be supported financially and logistically.
Masari stated that the number of policemen in the state was not enough to arrest the security situation, noting that the vigilantes would be posted to strategic places to help the Police and other security agencies with relevant information on security.
“If they detect any crime or criminalities, they will alert the security in arresting the situation. These initiatives will assist in protecting communities from bandits,” he said.
IGP Baba had earlier commended Masari for his role in fighting security issues in the state, noting that tackling security “is not the responsibility of the police alone but should be collective effort.”