Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has directed the Secretary to the State Government (SGS) to arrange for him and security chiefs to meet suspected bandits at their hideouts to dialogue with them for peace, even as he read the riot act to ruthlessly deal with them, their accomplices and informants to forcefully end the spate of murderous banditry in some parts of the state, the suspects are allegedly responsible for.
Katsina Post reported that,security chiefs in the state were also one with the Governor in sounding out serious warning to those involved in banditry, calling on them to embrace peace or face the wrath and might of the Federal Government.
These positions were taken at an extraordinary security meeting held in Katsina on Wednesday, with Governor Masari, his Deputy Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly Honourable Tasi’u Maigari Zango, Secretary to the Government of the State Mustafa Muhammed Inuwa, Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the local government areas prone to banditry, heads of security agencies, Emir of Katsina Alhaji AbdulMumin Kabir Usman and leaders and representatives of Fulani communities in the state were in attendance.
Governor Masari, who convened the meeting at the Katsina State Secretariat “to afford stakeholders the opportunity to give their contribution towards finding a lasting solution”, declared that the spate of wanton bloodshed was ENOUGH, and that the state of insecurity MUST be reversed in Katsina without further delay.
He said he was fully prepared and ready to personally go anywhere to meet with anybody to dialogue with them on how to stamp out bandit attacks in the state.
The Governor however, threatened to take whatever action is necessary to end banditry, kidnapping and cattle rusting, warning that henceforth government will not toletate the breach of peace in the state.