Banditry: 7 states to recruit 3,000 vigilantes, says Masari

Banditry: 7 states to recruit 3,000 vigilantes, says Masari

Telecommunication services have been shut down in Buhari’s home state, Katsina

Katsina State Governor, Aminu
Masari, has said that seven states in
the North West and North Central
have agreed to recruit 3,000 special
vigilantes to assist in combating
banditry and kidnapping.

Masari disclosed this while fielding
questions from newsmen on the
sideline of a Consultative Meeting
with the Minister of Information
and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed
and traditional rulers, in Katsina on
Tuesday.

He said the vigilantes will be
trained by the Nigeria Police Force.
According to him, governors of
Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna,
Niger, Katsina and Nasarawa states
had met and agreed to recruit
the personnel to assist security
agencies in addressing the security
peculiarities in their states.

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“I am not speaking for myself, but
on behalf of the governors of the
above-mentioned states.

“In fact, they are supposed to be
at this consultative meeting we are
holding here in Katsina, but I am
speaking on their behalf.

“The issue of banditry in the North
West and parts of North Central has
transformed to insurgency, therefore,
we developed different mechanisms
to fight the menace.

“There are over 150 groups of
bandits in the forests that owe
allegiance to their different leaders.
“These people don’t have ideology,
religion or sense of direction, they
are just like wild animals,” Masari said.

The governor noted that the fight
against insecurity in the society
should be a collective effort and
urged the citizenry to support
security agencies.

In his remark, the minister said he
was in Katsina with newsmen from
22 media organizations to get first
hand information on the issue of
banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling among others.

Mohammeed said that details of
their findings would be presented
to President Muhammadu Buhari for
appropriate action.

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