From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Alhaji Mustafa Inuwa said the Security Challenges Containment Order that was signed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari in August this year has led to significant reduction in armed banditry attacks in the frontline local government areas of the state.
Addressing newsmen alongside the State Commissioner of Police and the Special Adviser on Security to Governor Aminu Bello Masari at the Government House in Katsina, the SGS pointed out that a total of 475 persons were abducted between July and August while only 201 were abducted between September and October.
“Similarly, between July and August 97 armed banditry attacks were staged resulting in 130 deaths while only 56 incidents were recorded between September and October with 83 deaths.
“Incidents of cattle rustling also dropped significantly during the period as 1,347 cows, 345 sheep and 119 goats were stolen between July and August while 676 cows, 109 sheep and 160 goats were rustled between September and October”, Inuwa explained.
He noted that 480 suspected criminals were arrested between March and September, 2021, as 216 suspects were under prosecution and 42 were under investigation while from September to date 244 suspects were arrested with 80 under prosecution and 33 under investigation.
The SGS appealed to the people of the state to give maximum support to the Security Challenges Containment Order by reporting informants and people with suspicious character to security agencies.
Alhaji Mustafa Inuwa noted that the order was adopted collectively by the states of the North-west zone that face the menace of armed banditry after series of security operations had failed to produce the desired result.