Bandits attack: Katsina Govt. urged to secure rural communities


Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor

Victims of Thursday’s bandits attack in Sabongarin Dungurawa, Batsina Local Government Area of Katsina State, have called for the deployment of more security personnel to rural communities to safeguard lives and properties.

1, 566 people from the village, mostly women and children are currently living at the Internally Displaced Persons camp within Batsari Primary School after they fled from the attackers.

The bandits attacked the village four days ago, killed some residents and took away animals, money and other valuables.
One of the victims, Ade Bala, a housewife and mother of seven children said: “The bandits terrorised our community, took away our cows, undisclosed amount of money and other property.

“So, everybody run for his or her safety, that was why we decided to come here for our safety.
“We want to go back to our community, but we are calling on the government to deploy more security personnel to the area to protect our lives and property.

“We left our homes for four days without seeing our husbands.”
Another victim, Badariyya Sagir, also urged the government to intensify efforts toward protecting peoples’ lives and property.

“We all left the community including our husbands; no one is sleeping there because everybody left the village.
“We want the government to assist us and deploy security personnel to provide us adequate security,’’ she said.
She also said that the local council had provided them with mats, water, soap, food and other necessary household items at the camp.

The Chairman, Transition Committee, Batsari Local Council, Alhaji Mannir Muazu, said that the council in conjunction with the State Emergency Relief Agency (SEMA) would continue to provide all necessary support to the victims until when the condition is ripe for them to return home.

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