As kidnapping and other forms of banditry threaten to make a comeback in some parts of Katsina State, Governor Aminu Bello Masari has given a matching order to security chiefs to spare no efforts in arresting the situation and those behind the resurgent insecurity in the state.
Similarly, Governor Masari also warned traditional rulers in the affected areas against shielding criminals in their midst, saying that government will not hesitate to dethrone anyone found shielding or hob nobbing with kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminals.
The Governor gave the order and warning yesterday when he, along with top government officials, including his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, the Secretary to the Katsina state Government, Alhaji Mustafa Mohammed Inuwa, among others, and all the security chiefs in the state, visited Jibia, Batsari, Safana and Danmusa, the four Local Government areas sharing a common border with the neighbouring Zamfara state.
During the visit, the Governor held a meeting with the relevant stakeholders in the four local government areas where, without ambiguity, he warned that everyone whose duty it is by virtue of their profession or position to ensure the security of life and property of the people, must not only be up and doing, but must be seen to be doing so, saying that government will not tolerate complacency and complicity in matters of security.
“We place very high premium on the security of our people. The protection of their lives and property is the duty of the government, and we will not shy away from meeting that responsibility no matter the challenges.
“We are ready and willing to pull all the stops to ensure that we give our people secure environment for them to go about their legitimate activities, and we will not hesitate to deal appropriately with anyone who is not ready to be one with us in our aspirations to guarantee safety of life and property for the people”.
The Governor however, told the people that it was only with their cooperation that government will be able to provide the required security protection for the society, urging them to pass on useful information to security agencies.