The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has said the security situation in his state has greatly improved in recent times.
He, however, lamented that Faskari and Kankara local government areas of the state were still experiencing banditry attacks due to their proximity to the forests of the neighbouring states of Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger and up to Kebbi.
He spoke during a visit by national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was on a condolence visit over the murder of the state Commissioner for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Rabe Nasir.
He said “In recent times, there has been a heavy reduction in kidnapping and banditry in the State. It is, however, still happening in Faskari and Kankara local government areas. Even yesterday(Saturday), there was kidnapping in Faskari.
“What we have at hand now is community banditry; most banditry and kidnapping are still within same communities. Not necessarily from the forests. That is why we amended the local government laws to allow community participation. We now have security structure that includes village heads, religious leaders, youths leaders and representatives of vigilante. The structure has the support of the police.”
President Muhammadu Buhari comes from Katsina State and has often disclosed his plan to retire to his cattle farm after his tenure.