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  • News - North West - Katsina
  • Updated: February 23, 2024

Bandits ravaging only eight Katsina LGAs — Katsina government

Bandits ravaging only eight Katsina LGAs — Katsina governm

The Katsina government has reacted to the resurgence of banditry in eight local government areas of the state, saying it is a desperate move by the criminals under intense pressure.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Deputy Governor Faruk Lawal said this at a press conference in Katsina on Thursday.

He explained that security forces have pinned the bandits to only eight of the 22 local government areas they were hitherto operating.

Lawal added that it was due to the pressure that the bandits now attack “villages in mass numbers to show that they are still intact.”

The deputy governor assured Katsina residents that the days of the bandits are numbered as the current security operations will continue with more intensity.

He said in a recent encounter between the security operatives and the bandits in Burdugau forest, many of the bandits were killed.

“The report we received indicated that the bandits, numbering about 200 on motorcycles, attacked the community and rustled animals. 

“We lost the CSWC commander, but the bandits also suffered casualty as many of them were killed, while others escaped with gunshot injuries, and hundreds of the rustled animals were recovered,” he said.

According to him, when the administration came on board in May 2023, 22 of the 34 local government areas were affected by insecurity.

“But due to sustained government commitment and the efforts of security agencies, there is now relative peace with the exception of the frontline local governments. They are Jibia, Batsari, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume and Safana LGAs, sharing borders with Rugu forest,” he said.

Lawal added that the security forces freed more than 50 abducted persons.

“We will continue the fight until peace is restored in all those frontline local governments,” the deputy governor assured.

The deputy governor, however, urged residents to expose those selling pre-registered SIM cards or supplying food, fuel and ammunition to the criminals.

“Stop selling or buying pre-registered SIM cards; bandits and criminals are using them to perpetuate their acts. Whenever they are arrested, the seller will equally be held responsible. It is an offence to sell or buy such SIM cards.

“We are also calling on the general public to report anyone supplying food, fuel or ammunition to the bandits in the bush,” Lawal added.

The deputy governor also urged residents to provide timely and accurate information about criminal activities to engender prompt response by the government and security operatives.

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