Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state has commended the Nigerian Military for it’s renewed and sustained offensives against armed bandits and other criminal elements terrorizing the North West even as he commended the Army’s kinetic and other measures being taken to win the hearts and minds of the people.
While commending the military for their renewed effort in fighting the bandits in the North Western states, Masari said government needs to take more kinetic and administrative actions that would completely end the menace.
He lamented the 1976 local government reforms which stripped off powers of district councils saying that his administration had formed committees to revisit the act in order to give powers from the districts upward with a view to sustaining the peace so far achieved.
The Governor made the disclosure on Monday at the Army Special Super Camp IV, Faskari during a visit noting that “we will not allow these NGOs under whatever guise into our IDP camps.
“We know that the fight against bandits and banditry is not over but we can handle our displaced persons adequately because we have sufficient food, clothing, shelter and security for them while we strengthen efforts in restoring security for them to return to their respective homes.
“We want the IDPs to return to their homes as soon as possible because leaving them at the camp is what is giving opening for those wanting to prolong the banditry,” he noted.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who received the governor at the camp led his guests on a tour of the camp where they were shown the capacity of the officers, men and weapons ready to decimate the bandits.
Buratai who was represented by the Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen. Enoch Udo thanked the governor for the visit and support to the troops promising to do their best until banditry is completely eliminated in the North Western region.
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