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Katsina Banditry: Government to review seizure of telecommunication networks

Katsina State Government says it will, in no distance time, review the security challenges containment order currently been enforced, especially the seizure of telecommunication networks in 13 Local Government Areas.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi who stated this on the sideline of a public lecture recently held in the State said, the review of the order is as a result of appreciable successes recorded in the ongoing onslaught against the bandits.

Recalled, the signing and enforcement of the security challenges containment order by Governor Aminu Masari was done 2 months ago aimed at effectively curb the rising surge of banditry activities across the State especially, 13 prone Local Government Areas of the State

It would also be recalled, part of the order is enforced of the seizure of telecommunication networks in the affected areas while residents complain of being shut out of the communication space which directly has affected their businesses.

Others include, the banning of sales of petrol in Jerry cans, polythene bags, transportation of animals to other parts of the country, banning of bringing in firewood from and to the forest areas, shutting down of some roads in the state, dismantling of illegal and roadside motor parks among others.

With about 62 days of the orders in place, the State Government says appreciable successes have been recorded with several bandits enclaves destroyed, some of them killed while many of them have been arrested by the joint teams of the security agencies.

Chief Judge of Katsina State, Musa Danladi while speaking on the level of peace and security that has returned to the State says, government will in the coming days review the order to make the affected areas return to their normal ways of life saying, the people cannot afford to stay out of communication forever.

He then called on the people to continue imbibing the spirit of cooperation extended to the security agencies while the order lasted, and desist from being informants to the bandits.