Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
The National Security Adviser, Maj Gen Babagana Mungono (retd.) on Wednesday led a five-member Federal Government team to a closed-door meeting with the Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari over the insecurity in the state.
Others at the meeting at Government House, Katsina, were the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Alhaji Ahmed Abubakar; the Director-General, Department of State Services, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi; and the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal MS Usman.
Mungono, after the meeting, said the team was sent by the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to have “a frank and smooth discussion” with Masari on the current security situation in the state.
He said, “We had a useful discussion with His Excellency (Masari). Where there are gaps, we need to fill those gaps. It is our intention to work collectively – security agencies, federal and state governments and local communities. There is a need for collective efforts to resolve all issues involved.”
The team later visited the palace of the Emir of Katsina, Dr Abdulmumin Kabir, where another closed-door meeting was held with the royal fathers in attendance there, including the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruq Umar and top district heads from both Katsina and the Daura emirate councils.
The Emir of Katsina, shortly before the meeting, said indiscipline was behind many of the crimes committed in the country.
He said, “We are indiscipline. What is behind kidnap and the demand for ransom before victim is released if not indiscipline?”
Katsina State has recently come under renewed bandits attacks despite the deployment of federal troops to the state.
Kadisau village in the Faskari Local Government Area was among areas that suffered bandits attacks with no fewer than 20 killed.
The district heads from Jibia, Safana, Dandume, Faskari, Sabuwa, Kankara, Danmusa and Batsari local government areas had threatened to relocate from their districts due to the insecurity in the state.
The Katsina State Police Command on Monday put a N5m bounty on the head of one Adamu Yankuzo for allegedly being the mastermind of the attacks in Kadisau, as well as Katsina and Zamfara states.
The current insecurity situation in the state has also led to a series of protests by residents.