Katsina governor seeks help from security chiefs to curb crime

By Cyril Okonkwo

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The Governor of Katsina State is to meet the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, DSS, to seek for ways of ending kidnapping and banditry in the State.

Katsina State has recently been under attack by bandits, resulting in abductions and killings.

The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, who spoke to State House correspondents on Tuesday after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said part of the reason he came to Abuja was to meet with the IGP and DSS boss.

“Before I leave Abuja, I will see the IGP and the DG DSS to discuss what we are doing with the military and the people on ground presently.”

Asked if he would ask for deployment of more security personnel to the state, Masari said “it is not about deployment, but strategy.”

He said he had previously met the security chiefs over the issue.

On what he would do differently following his re-election for a second term in office in the March 9 gubernatorial election in Nigeria, Masari said he would continue the work he did in education, health, agriculture, security and infrastructure.

“We made promises to the people of Katsina State in 2015.  

“They voted us on the basis of those promises and we are happy to say that we have done more than 70% of what we promised the people of Katsina State.  

“So, this time when we went round, we promised them that we are going to continue with the agenda on education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, security and because of what we have done in the last four years, they believed us and massively voted for us again,” Governor Masari said.