Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has called on the military and other security agencies in the state to be holistic in dealing with the banditry activities in order to end the menace once and for all.
Masari made the call when he received the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, in the Government House on Monday.
He said that the bandits, including their collaborators, in the communities such as informants and suppliers should be monitored, identified and dealt with accordingly.
The governor said that defeating banditry in the state and other parts of the country required collective action by the government, the people and the security agencies.
According to him, operations of the military cannot and will not be successful without the support of the people.
“There are those in the communities that supply the bandits with information and supplies are equally guilty and are our enemies.
“It is not enough to continue to accuse the government and the military, but the people have a role to play because security is a collective responsibility.
“The blame game must end in order to be able to defeat these bandits once and for all,” he said.
Masari commended Buratai for his presence in the state, adding that being in Katsina at this time was a morale booster to the people of the state.
He also commended the effort of the military and other security agencies in dislodging bandits in the last one month from their enclaves in forest areas in parts of Katsina and Zamfara States.
The governor, however, pledged the continuous government support for the army and other security agencies towards addressing the security challenges in the state.
He called upon the security agencies to understand that the only thing the bandit requires is the superior firepower, adding that they must be dealt with once and for all without giving them the opportunity to come back.
Earlier, Buratai, who is on operational tour of Army units and formations in the state, commended the governor for his support to the military operations in the state.
Buratai said that the deteriorating security situation in the state in recent time was a serious concern for President Muhammadu Bihari, who he said had directed that appropriate steps be taken to curtail the situation.
He said that the Nigerian army had developed renewed strategies to deal with the current security challenge in the state and the country as a whole.
He said that the new Operation Sahel Sanity was introduced as part of the new effort towards addressing the challenges, adding that the 2020 Nigerian Army Day Celebration had been rescheduled to take place in the state.
According to him, the Nigerian army will remain focused to ensure that the security of the state and the nation is guaranteed.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buratai also proceeded to the Palace of the Emir of Katsina, where he solicited the support and prayers of the Emir, Alhaji Abdulmunini Usman.
He said that the recent killing of innocent citizens by the bandits in parts of the state was unacceptable, adding that there was a renewed effort to bring an end to the situation.