Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor, has lamented the destructive activities of armed bandits and kidnappers in the state.
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He revealed that his administration gives security operatives in the state monthly allowances of over N100 million to combat security challenges, according to Katsina Post.
Masari, however, warned his critics and oppositions, that the current security challenges in the state should not be politicised, noting that the proliferation and possession of unlawful firearms in the country “call for increased security measures.”
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He debunked claims that his administration has not accorded security challenges in the state the necessary attention it deserve.
The state has been facing series of deadly attacks in at least nine Local Government Areas, namely; Batsari, Safana, Dandume, Kankara, Danmusa, Faskari, Jibia, Sabuwa and Musawa.
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Masari stated that his government purchased 10 Toyota Hilux operational vehicles at the cost of N181 million, and distributed to the affected LGAs, to boost security patrol.
He said the operational vehicles “are meant for surveillance and quick response to emergencies across the dreaded councils bordering the Rugu forest,” which is one of the deadly forests being used as hideouts by criminals.
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The governor also disclosed that the state government has procured more than 50 operational motorcycles for security operatives in the state, “to support the fight against armed bandits and kidnappers.”
He appealed for collaborative approach by all sectors in the state, “to successfully tackle and overcome the security challenges, instead of “blackmails and unguided utterances”.
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He explained that the cooperation of all citizens, irrespective of political affiliations or where they come from, “is imperative to overcome insecurity and all forms of criminality in the state”.
He noted that security of lives and property is crucial to socio-economic development, which he said, is the reason his administration has taken proactive measures to avert emerging security challenges.
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The governor further added that he has been in constant touch with his counterparts in the neighbouring states of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States, “to secure boundaries and villages, which might be used by criminals to gain access to the state.”