A Senator representing Katsina Central in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Kabiru Barkiya, has declared that the disturbing trend of armed banditry in the state will soon be a thing of the past.
The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, had last week in Abuja, told President Muhammadu Buhari that nine out of the 34 local government councils in the State, had been besieged by the armed bandits.
But Barkiya who spoke to reporters at the National Assembly insisted that the bandits were already being tackled by both the federal and state governments.
“Banditry in Katsina is no doubt worrisome because some of the abductees were even from my own local government, but going by the serious counter offensives being launched against the mindless criminals from military and police commands within and outside the state, the crime will soon be a thing of the past.
“All hands are on deck in the state by all stakeholders in getting the bandits out, which will surely come to pass very soon.
“Strategies already mapped out for that by both the state and federal government cannot be disclosed here but the heat is seriously on the criminals now,” Barkiya said.
However, according to the Senator, unlike banditry, Katsina is more or less free from coronavirus pandemic, as most citizens go about their daily endeavours even without using face masks.
He explained that during the peak of the pandemic across the country, all the stakeholders in Katsina, particularly its three serving Senators, collaborated with the Kaduna State Government in terms of sensitization of the people and palliatives to the indigents across the state.