Declare Bandits Terrorists Katsina Assembly Begs Buhari

Declare Bandits Terrorists Katsina Assembly Begs Buhari

The Katsina State House of Assembly yesterday called on the federal and state governments to declare bandits terrorists.

The call followed the presentation of a report by its Committee on Security on incessant attacks on people by bandits.

Chairman of the Committee, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar (APC-Dutsinma), said the call was part of its recommendations after the committee’s investigation into activities of bandits.

Abubakar said the declaration of bandits as terrorists would give the military, the police and other security agencies the power to deal with them accordingly.

“During our investigation, we realised that the Security Containment Order signed by Governor Aminu Masari recorded a lot of successes in inhibiting the bandits.

“We have realised that attacks, kidnapping and killing of people by bandits have reduced by about 35 per cent,” Abubakar said.

According to him, the committee recommends that the government reviews the order to eliminate its attendant negative effect on residents of affected areas, but without curtailing its successes.

The House adopted the report after deliberations by the lawmakers.

Following deliberations on the issue, the Assembly ordered its Committee on Security to meet with security agencies over the issue and revert for further actions.

The plenary yesterday was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu-Tafoki.

Also yesterday, the Katsina State Government said it has spent N15.7 billion this year for the stabilisation, reclamation and channelling of Katsina, Funtua, Malumfashi and Jibia towns’ stormwater drainage.

This was contained in the 2022 Katsina State Government budget proposal document made available to reporters in Katsina.

The document showed that the project is being executed under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).

The document further showed that the project provides for the construction of stormwater drainage in Katsina, Funtua, Malumfashi and Jibia local government areas at the sum of over N23 billion.

“So far, those awarded in Katsina, Malumfashi and Funtua were completed while that of Jibia has attained 95 per cent completion.

“The projects succeeded in achieving a drawdown of over N15.7 billion in 2021 alone and a cumulative drawdown of over N21.6 billion representing 94 per cent of the total project costs.

“Prior to the closure of the NEWMAP in June 2022, the Federal Government, with the World Bank support, commenced preparations for the enlistment of states to participate in the developed Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes Project (ACReSAL).”