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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

My saddest moment is when people get killed, women raped by bandits — Radda

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Katsina State Governor, Dikko Umaru Radda revealed that his saddest moment was when he received information that people have been killed, women raped and houses burnt by bandits in a village.

The governor stated this on Wednesday at a press briefing as part of activities marking his first anniversary in office.

He also revealed that his elder brother was a victim of such attacks that took his life, leaving behind three wives and 27 children.

He said: “My saddest moment is when I received calls that people were killed, houses burnt and women raped by bandits in a particular village.

“The only way to appreciate that is to put your shoes in their situation, and you will feel it. I have developed that feeling and it remained with me because my senior brother was killed by the bandits. He left behind three wives and 27 children."

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Governor Radda said his administration came into power when 22 out of 34 Local Government Areas were severely affected by insecurity.

He explained that the State Government intervention through the establishment of the Community Security Watch Corps reduced the problem drastically.

He added that due to the intensified efforts of the security agencies against the criminals, they now resulted in attacking people in hard-to-reach areas.

While advocating for the establishment of state police, Governor Radda said: “Before I became a governor, I was a critic of the state police. It is now that I see the importance of that."

The governor further revealed how a village head was arrested for frustrating security efforts against the insecurity, saying: “There was a village head who was arrested for collecting N700,000 to allow bandits to attack the village and kill over 30 people."

Speaking on addressing the insecurity in the state, Radda emphasized that though the government has recorded some achievements, he would not be carried away by the record, adding: “As a governor, I have set myself a very high target. I always make sure that the right person gets the right thing.

“That is why I moved away from an era of favouritism, lobbying, political consideration and making sure that our approach to government is to reach the people at the bottom of the pyramid."

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