Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr. Mustapha Inuwa, to arrange a meeting for him and security chiefs with suspected bandits at their hideouts for dialogue. The governor is hopeful that the move will ensure the return of peace in the state.
Director General on Media and Publicity, Mr. Abdu Labaran, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
Labaran disclosed that the decision was taken at an extraordinary security meeting, held on Wednesday in Katsina.
“Masari convened the meeting to afford stakeholders the opportunity to give their contributions toward finding lasting solutions to the problem. He declared that the spate of wanton bloodshed was enough. And that the state of insecurity must be reversed in Katsina without further delay.
He added that the governor expressed his readiness to personally go anywhere to meet with anybody for dialogue on how to stamp out bandit attacks in the state.
Masari spits fire, threatens to end insecurity
Meanwhile, the governor has threatened to take necessary measures to end banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling. He affirmed that this would happen even if his planned meeting with the bandits failed.
Masari said, “People should realise that once there is wanton bloodshed, there won’t be peace in that society. It is the duty of all of us to contribute to bringing an end to this state of insecurity.
“Make no mistake about it, anybody who has a hand in the bloodbath must account for it sooner or later. Those who have information but decide to keep quiet are themselves guilty of the same crime.”
In attendance at the meeting were Masari, his deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and Speaker, State House of Assembly, Tasiu Maigari. Also in attendance was the Secretary to the Government of the State, Mustapha Inuwa.
Others were Caretaker Committee Chairmen of frontline Local Governments Areas of the state and Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir. Also present were security chiefs and representatives of herdsmen in the state.