Governor of Katsina State, Dikko Umaru Radda, has said that once all necessary preparations are concluded, he will join security operatives to enter the forest to fight bandits terrorising the state.
The Governor, who spoke during an interview with BBC Hausa, pledged to sacrifice his life to end banditry in the state.
According to Radda, security in the state is a top priority, and hence a law has been passed to establish a volunteer force equipped with weapons.
Goldennewsng understands that the governor had, on Tuesday, inaugurated the Community Watch Corps to complement efforts of the conventional security agencies in the fight against banditry in the state.
“We have inaugurated, trained, and equipped the volunteers, providing them with cars, motorbikes, and even armoured cars,” the governor said.
Speaking on allowances to the volunteers, the governor said the government has adopted the minimum wage system, and the volunteers will be paid accordingly. “The public should be aware that these volunteers were doing this job unpaid and are motivated by a sense of duty to protect their families and communities.”
Some critics claim that the patrols are worsening the security situation, but this assertion is unfounded. Residents of affected areas know what is happening, and it is unacceptable to allow these people (bandits) to continue to kidnap and kill,” Daily Trust quoted the governor saying.
While stating that he does not mind if his life depends on it, Radda said he would ensure that no harm will come to his people. Radda said, “I swear, as governor, even at the cost of my life, I will not allow someone come and harm my people. The problem of banditry has reached a point where we must all unite and put an end to it.
Those who oppose these measures are likely motivated by the fact that their loved ones are not the ones being killed. Once all necessary preparations are complete, I will also enter the forest.”