Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, on Thursday met with representatives of bandits terrorizing the eight frontline local governments in the state in order to find a lasting solution to incessant attacks and kidnappings in the state.
The meeting which was held at the State Secretariat had different stakeholders in attendance.
They included: heads of security agencies, the deputy governor Alhaji Manir Yakubu, traditional rulers and districts heads led by the Emir of katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin kabir Usman, Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, Transition Committee Chairmen of the affected front line local Government areas, representatives of Miyeti Allah and the Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that attendance of the representatives of the bandits was made possible by the recent amnesty declared for the bandits by the North West Governors at a recent meeting held in the state.
Masari, while speaking warned that the insecurity rocking the affected LGAs in the state have become embarrassing to both the state Government and President Buhari who is also an indigene of the state.
He further vowed that his government would deploy every means in dealing decisively and ruthlessly with the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the state.
The meeting according to the governor is expected to be of great impact towards restoring peace, not only in the affected LGAs, but also the entire 34 LGAs in the state.
He said ’’we are ready to dialogue with the bandits and are ready to go anywhere they invited us, because we are not afraid to meet anybody to end this problem’’
‘’As a leader, I must find the solution to the problem so that if today I died know how to defend myself before God. I will not allow this to continue enough is enough’’
“I have directed the security operatives to take all necessary measures to change the narrative on insecurity in the state, by any means necessary.’’
Meanwhile the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, observed that the fight against banditry and Kidnapping, though challenging, requires collective efforts.
He appealed to the state house of Assembly to ensure speedy passage of the signed mandatory death sentences for cattle rustling and kidnapping bill into law.