Aminu Bello Masari, Governor of Katsina State, has said Rabe Nasir, the state’s Commissioner for Science and Technology, was assassinated and was not killed by bandits as reported by the media.
Governor Masari disclosed this to State house correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
Nasir was murdered by unknown gunmen at his residence in Fatima Shema estate of Katsina State last Wednesday.
It was subsequently reported that Nasir was killed by bandits, who are known to carry out heinous activities in the North-West region of the country.
But the Katsina Governor said the incident it had nothing to do with banditry, describing the murder as “purely an assassination”.
He said: “The incident we had last week had nothing to do with banditry attack. It was purely an assassination by unknown killers, which the police and other security agencies are working round the clock to unravel what happened.
“Because my commissioner was killed by an unknown assassin and not a single pin was stolen in his house, you could see that this was a pure crime that has to be fully investigated for us to know the root causes and why.”
Governor Masari also stated that the rate of recurring incidents is a signal to North-West states to adopt a uniform approach to tackle violence, noting that bandits and terrorists will always get away with crimes if each state approaches a different policy.
He said: “I think what is most important for us to succeed in fighting these bandits is for all of us in the states, especially the north-western states, to take the pains and work together to make sure that we block all the loopholes.
“But if one state has a policy and another has a different one, certainly they (bandits) will always be moving from one state to another. Luckily enough, we are already working closely with states that border us, like Nasarawa and Niger, to bring the problem to a manageable and tolerable level.”