Seizure of Telecommunication networks, banning phone charging centres yielding positive results in Katsina – Masari
GOVERNOR Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State said that the measures taken by his government in an effort to tackle banditry in the State are tremendously yielding positive results.
He stated this today Tuesday when playing host to the Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohamed at Government House, Katsina.
Governor Masari said the State Government succeeded in suspending telecommunications services and ban on the phone charging business centres in some local government areas of the State, alongside other measures aimed at fighting banditry.
“The move has helped to cut off communication between the bandits and their informants.
“It is important because the informants give information to these bandits, and now they have been cut off.
“The demand for ransom has also reduced. We have put the sale of petrol to N5,000 for motorists, and I think some States in the North-West are on this too.
“We have banned the sale of second hand motorcycles in the State. We have also stopped the operation of junction motor parks,” he said.
According to Masari “bakers have been prohibited from baking bread at night to prevent bandits from purchasing the commodity, noting that banditry and insurgency should be completely extinguished because they will always come back if not drastically dealt with.
“These are different forms of criminality you must extinguish completely. The issue of banditry has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity because they do not fight for any cause.”
Masari told his visitor, Lai Muhammad that he is not happy with the support security agents in the State are giving to vigilante groups established to assist them in the fight against banditry in the State saying the collaboration is necessary to eradicate bandits completely.
“We have people who are willing to support the law enforcement agencies, and it seems the security agents are not welcoming the development. Something needs to be done.”
Earlier on his part, the information Minister, Lai Mohammed said there is a need for the citizens to know the efforts that are being put in place by the authorities in curbing the menace of banditry.
“ I am here with over 20 journalists. My mission here, Your Excellency, is to hear from you first hand the mega and bold measures you are taking to combat the menace of banditry and terrorism. We are not in any doubt that some of the measures that you have embarked upon have started yielding fruits.
“However, Your Excellency, that the media is not giving the same attention to turn off the event as it has been given to the activities of the bandits. And this is why we are here today.
“This is not a fight for the Governor alone or for the military, it is a battle for all of us. We all know who the bandits are. We can see that this problem will only go away if we decide that it must go away,” according to Lai Mohamed.