The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has approved the deployment of additional police units and manpower to beef up security in Katsina State.
The approval was secured on Thursday, according to the Katsina State Police Command’s spokesman, SP Gambo Isah.
Isah told journalists at the state police command headquarters in Katsina, “As I am talking to you now, additional three units of mobile police are on their way to Katsina State. The approval was given by the Inspector-General of Police.
“The units will be in addition to the three counter-terrorism units that are already on the ground and who have been deployed to the frontline local government areas in the state that share boundaries with Zamfara.
“We also have the IGP Special Task Force on the ground. All these are meant to take the fight to the bandits inside the bush.”
Isah maintained that the police and other security units in the state were doing their best to curtail banditry, kidnapping and other security challenges.
He agreed that there were security challenges in the eight frontline councils with Zamfara State.
The police spokesman added, “The Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Wakili, takes the issue of security of the state seriously and many times, he has personally led the patrol of grey areas. On Wednesday night, for instance, few minutes after midnight, he personally drove himself from the police headquarters and went round town before retiring home, just to monitor the security situation.”
It was also learnt that as part of strategies to fully tackle banditry and kidnapping, over 500 conventional police in the state recently underwent a one-month combat operation training at the 27, Mobile Police headquarters.
Isah disclosed that recent efforts in the state had led to the arrest of over 100 suspected kidnappers and the recovery of 30 assorted weapons among which were 10 AK 47 rifles.
Sources also confided in The PUNCH that the command would need, among other equipment, at least 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers(APC) to tackle the bandits who were holed up inside the forest in the frontline local government areas.
Governor Aminu Masari on Wednesday convened an extraordinary security meeting in Katsina where he disclosed that the state was under the siege of banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery.