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Katsina governor: People’s weaknesses embolden bandits

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has given an insight into how cattle rustling snowballed into the current spate of kidnapping and banditry in the north-west zone of the country.

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has lamented that the fear that residents have for bandits emboldens them to attack villages and communities.

The governor spoke in Jibia when he visited the families of 10 people killed by officers of the Nigeria Customs Service during a chase after suspected smugglers.

Masari called on the people in the areas prone to the activities of bandits to acquire weapons and defend themselves against them (the bandits).

The governor said, “It is morally wrong for people to submit meekly to the bandits without any attempt to defend themselves. security is everybody’s business.

“It is the people’s meek submission that emboldens the bandits to continue with their heinous activities with murderous frequency. We must free our minds of the notion that security is the sole responsibility of the government.”

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These were contained in a statement on Tuesday by the Governor’s Director General (Media), Abdul Labaran Malumfashi.

He also cautioned families of victims of the ghastly accident not to accept any covert enticements from the Nigerian Customs Service.

“The government is doing everything possible to ensure that the families of those dead and those injured get justice through legal means.

“If you accept any secret offer, then you will be truncating the government’s efforts to seek justice for you, but if you resist any untoward move, the organisation will then have to rethink its attitude towards its host community,” he added.

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