Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has revealed that the amnesty programme put in place for repentant bandits and other strategies have begun to yield positive results leading to a reduction in the spate of attacks by bandits in the state.
He added that the eight front line Local Government Areas bordering the Rugu forest still experienced occasional bandits attacks despite efforts to stem the tide.
The Governor made the revelation in a speech when President Muhammadu Buhari met some of the Internally Displaced persons at Batsari LG on Wednesday.
He told the President, “There are still sporadic attacks with attendant kidnapping and cattle rustling incidents”.
Governor Masari added that the state government, with the assistance of security agencies, had been able to dismantle the activities of the hoodlums through the establishment of its Dialogue/Amnesty programme in the state.
The governor added that state government had provided relief materials and foodstuffs to victims of the attacks across the eight front line LGs of the state as part of palliative measures to cushion their impediments.
The state government, according to him, had provided 6,961 bags of assorted grains and beans; 1,320 cartons of noodles/spaghetti; 1, 490 jerry cans of oil; 2,210 mattress/mats; 1,810 brocade/wrappers and 2,320 bags of sugar and salt to the victims.
The Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumini Usman in his speech at the occasion, called on the people of the affected communities to shun reprisal attacks and report suspicious movements or persons to security agencies for prompt intervention.
He implored Nigerians to avoid inflammatory statements against political and traditional leaders, declaring that the only remedy for the current security challenges facing the country were unflinching prayers.