Daily Metro News NG
Senator representing Katsina Central in the Senate, Kabiru Barkiya, has declared that that banditry will soon be a thing of the past in Katsina State.
Senator Barkiya told journalists at the National Assembly complex on Thursday that the menace of banditry was being tackled aggressively by both the federal and state governments.
“Banditry in Katsina is no doubt worrisome because some of the abductees were even from my own local government, but going by serious counter-offensives being launched against the mindless criminals from Military and Police Commands within and outside the state, the crime will soon be a thing of the past.
“All hands are on deck in the state by all stakeholders in getting the bandits out, which will surely come to pass very soo.
“Strategies already mapped out for that by both the state and federal governments cannot be disclosed here but the heat is seriously on the criminals now,” he said .
DAILY METRO NEWS reports that Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state had last week in Abuja during a visit to the Presidential Villa, lamented that nine out of the 34 local government areas in the state, were under the siege of the armed bandits.
According to the lawmaker, he pointed out that save for the scourge of banditry, the state is free from the coronavirus pandemic, as most residents go about their normal businesses without any fear.
Barkiya further revealed that during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, all the stakeholders in Katsina state, particularly the three serving Senators, collaborated with the state government in terms of sensitization of the people and palliatives to the indigents across the state.
“There is no any lockdown as a result of coronavirus in Katsina State now as people across the 34 local government areas go about their daily endeavours without any fear of contracting the disease as it was few months back.
“Infact, many of the people in the state seem to be fed up with usage of facemasks and to the glory of the Almighty Allah, without any new incidences of contraction,” he added.