By Suleiman Umaru
Not many people could believe that Katsina, President Muhmmadu Buhari, home state, could be under the siege of Bandits. This is because of the tight security in the state. Residents told The Value News that the situation is worse in Kankara local government area which is giving Usman Kankara Bello, a retired Comptroller of Customs and now the District Head of the Area a cause for concern.
According to sources ,the monarch major worry is the killing of his people by the Bandits despite the numerous security checkpoints in the local government area which is enough to put fears on the Bandits not to near the area , let alone carry out any attack .
Investigation by The Value News shows that over 10 police checkpoints between Yantumaki village and Kankara, alone but that has not stopped the villages along the road been attacked or shops
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In a pparent anger to the attacks and the killings in the villages, were said to have taken to the streets blocking all access roads to Katsina , the state Capital which many motorists did not find funny as they were forced to divert to longer routes to take their passengers from Sokoto, Kano, or Kastina to their destinations .
While Bello, Kawan Katsina and his people were still mourning the victims of last Saturday attack by the Bandits, the hoodlums struck again on Wednesday , July 3, 2019, and killed 11 additional people in separate attacks in the Kankara villages, the Bandits may have extended their attack to Dan Musa local government area of the state where 16 people were said to have been killed in Maidabino viiage during a matket day.The Bandits may have forced the traders to abandon their market as they started shhoting spradically, thus , giving them the opportunity to cart away their food stuff and looted the shops to hideout in the Kankara and Dan Musa forest.
There are indications that some youths in Kakankra, particular, have volunteered to take security operatives to the Bandits hideouts but they must be well equipped to be ble confront them headlong. But that was how far the youths could go
Abdulmumni Kabir Usman, the Emir of Kano, who is not happy over what is happening in his state, has promised to do everything within his powers to address the security challenges to stop the killings.
He was not happy when the corpse of those who fell to the Bandits bullet were conveyed in different buses to his palace. The Emir was said to have taken up the matter with Bello Massari, a former Speaker, House of Representatives and governor of the state who assured that the government would not leave them to the challenge.
Security watchers believe that the Bandits attack in Katsina state may have been on the increase in the recent time because Zamfara, their operational base appears to have become too hot for them because of the activities of Abubakar Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, IGP’s, Joint Operation team in the state . The police Joint Operation team were said to have destroyed several of their hideout locations that they were forced to relocate to Katsina state to continue their attacks on the people and further create tension in the north west geo-political region.
The situation in Zamfara state may have been worsened for the Bandits by the no nonsense IGP, with the deployment of special Forces personnel, Counter-Terrorism Unit, police Mobile Force and Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, as well as three Surveillance helicopters to support the ground officers.The security situation in the country, particular, Katsina state, may have forced Turkur Buratai, a Lt. General and Chief of Army Stff , CAS, and Head of other Security agencies to meet Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019,to avail him of the new strategies that had been deployed to tackle the menace of insecurity in the country .
The meeting was said to have been held behind
An elated Sadique Abubakar, an Air Marshall and Chief of Air Staff, CAS, who could not hide his feelings when he emerged from the top security meeting said the ”new strategies deployed to tackle insecurity in the country have begun to yield results”.
The Air Force Chief noted that ,though the new tactics deployed by the security agencies awere yielding the desired results, there is need for people to avail the security operativs of the relevant information that could help them neutralise the untoward activities of the criminal elements in any part of the country.
Adamu, the police IGP, who may have concentrated the Police Joint Operation team in the north west, has promised that they would continue to attack and smoke out the Bandits from their hideouts that they would become incapacited to launch any attack again in any part of the country. Buratai, whose men are fighting the terrorists in in the north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, had said that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, will continue to ”map out strategies to attack the enclaves of Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province,ISWAP, a breakaway faction of the Islamic Fundamentalist Group until they are completely incapacitated to rise up against any military bse in the region.
He disclosed that the smoking out Operation has commenced with the troops of 812 Battalion, repelling the Insurgents attack in Gajigana Community in Borno state. Security