Aminu Masari, Governor of Katsina State, has lamented the high presence of bandits in some parts of the state.
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu, at a stakeholders' forum in the state, told this to Muhammed Adamu, the acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), on Wednesday.
According to the Governor, aside from the presence of bandits, kidnappers also constituted a menace to the state.
“These bandits strike at will, maim at will, destroy lives and property at will. In other parts of the state, we also have kidnappers who not only take people on the road but in the comfort of their homes,” he added, citing the “unfortunate incident of the Governor’s in-law who was taken in the comfort of her home".
He said government officials have met with eight front-line local government chairmen to keep them abreast of the security situation. He also gave the assurance that government would do all possible to see to the final onslaught on the bandits and kidnappers in the state.
The eight LGs are Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Dan-Musa, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume and Kankara. Some of the LGs share boundaries with Zamfara State, which is under constant attacks from bandits and kidnappers.
In his remarks, the IGP said he was in the state to look into the security challenges, especially the activities of kidnappers and bandits.
He said the Police needed information on activities of “these miscreants”, noting that the latest strategy of the Police is to take the fight to the kidnappers by identifying them, occupying their location and camps.
Meanwhile, Manir Muazu, the Caretaker Chairman of the Batsari Local Government Area, revealed that bandits killed five people at Garimi/Magaji Ado ward along Jibia/Batsari Road, on Tuesday.
The council boss said the bandits also injured 10 people while shops and vehicles were set ablaze.
Adamu assured the forum that his squad meant business and would flush out the bandits.