‘In Katsina State 32 of 34 LGAs under bandits siege’

…Lawmakers weep

Two Katsina State House of Assembly members broke into tears on Monday, when they deliberated over the worsening insecurity affecting 32 out of the 34 LGAs in the State.

The lawmakers said kidnappers now storm homes and kidnap targets unchallenged.

The Deputy Speaker of the house, Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki, had earlier presented a Motion of Urgent Public Importance over the level of insecurity in the State at the plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Tasi’u Maigari.

According to Dalhatu-Tafoki, despite the efforts of the Federal, state governments and the security agencies, the insecurity problem was increasing everyday in the State.

He, therefore, called on the concerned government authorities and the security agencies to re-strategise their approach to tackling the rampant activities of bandits in Katsina.

Dalhatu-Tafoki said insecurity in Katsina State was worsening, with more people being killed everyday as more local government areas were being affected and also called on the general public to continue to pray for the return of peace all over the State.

When the floor was thrown open to other members to make contributions, they shared tragic stories of kidnapping and deaths.

According to a House member, Haruna Goma, recently, no fewer than 11 persons were killed in two communities, while many were abducted.

As he spoke, he, along with other members, broke down in tears as he appealed for more government help, saying if the help failed to come, more people in the communities, would be massacred.

Also, the lawmaker representing Katsina constituency said the insecurity challenge was beyond imagination.

According to him, 32 out of the 34 LGAs in the State are now affected. Even within Katsina metropolis, people were being kidnapped, he said.

After the long deliberations by the lawmakers, the Assembly unanimously adopted the motion and called on all relevant authorities to look into the issue in the interest of those affected.

The House also resolved to hold a meeting with the National Assembly members from Katsina and also the State Executive, to discuss insecurity.

The lawmakers also resolved to invite all heads of security agencies in the State and also the state’s committee on security, for solutions to the problem.

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