The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Katsina Branch under the chairmanship of Mr. A.A. Ahmed, Esq. has joined the many voices calling for attention and serious police and military actions against what seems to be a perpetual attack launched by armed bandits day-in-day-out in communities and villages of Kankara local government, Dan Musa, Safana, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dan Dume, Batsari and Jibia local government areas of Katsina State.
The unending killing spree being carried out in some communities of the affected local government areas of Katsina State by armed bandits is alarming to everyone irrespective of tribe, religion or political difference.
We hereby call on the Federal Government and the Katsina State government to flush out the bandits, especially, the state government by virtue of peace accord it entered with the bandits as the state government is presumed to have records of the bandits including that of their gang leaders, the state should share such data/record(s) with the Federal Government in order to restore peace in the State and make the fight against insecurity in the state easier and successful.
The Branch is fully aware of the emergency security council meeting the President had with the heads of securities in the country due to the serious concerns of insecurity in many parts of the country including Katsina State.
We most sincerely hope the meeting will be different from any such previous meetings held without any positive achievement towards ending the menace of arm banditry.
We urge both the Federal and the state Governments to reason with social media users who took to social media platforms calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Masari to act in order to put an end to arm banditry leading to kidnappings, killings and displacement of indigenous members of the affected areas within the state.
Both Federal and State Government need to wake up before members of the affected communities resort to self-help which may throw the state into anarchy.
We note with appreciation, the Federal Government’s quick response to the issue of insecurity of lives and properties in Katsina State by sending troops to the affected areas.
However, the problems of the insecurities in the affected areas require more than sending a batallion of army to the forest with a view to putting an end to insecurity in the area. This is because, at any given time the army are withdrawn from the operation after winning the battle against the arm bandits in the forest, some of the bandits not staying in the forest, but live within the villages/settlements might regroup and resume mayhem.
Similarly, the bandits who do not stay in the forest might be well known and capable of being identified by some of the repentant bandits who have accepted and abided by the peace accord between them and the Katsina State Government.
In this respect, we urge the state government and the federal government to work together and share intelligence together for the sole purpose of achieving the desired objective of bringing a lasting solution to the serious security challenges bedeviling the state.
Finally, while we call on the residents of the affected areas to give full support to security personnel in their bid to restore peace, we also call on the security personnel to have maximum respect for human rights in their operations.
A.A. Ahmed, Esq,
Chairman, NBA Katsina Branch