The governor of Katsina, Aminu Masari has made allegations that 99 percent of bandits terrorising the state are from Zamfara.
Various communities in some states in the north, including Zamfara, have come under assailments by bandits and kidnappers.
Addressing journalists at his home in Kafur area of the state, Masari mentioned that three local governments that share boundary with Zamfara have become “danger zones”, adding that the operations of the bandits are cutting off his administration’s effort to restore normalcy in Katsina.
Governor Masari, however, said bandits from Zamfara must be dealt with for the sake of restoring peace in Katsina.
“The nefarious activities of bandits from Zamfara had truncated the efforts of my administration in restoring normalcy in the state,” he said.
“The only places that we are having problems are Faskari, Sabwa, and Dandume local governments, but all other local governments in the state, especially Jibia, Batsari, Safana and Danmusa there is relative peace.
“From the reports I receive every morning, if you find any case of rustling or kidnapping, it is mostly around Faskari, Sabwa, and Dandume. We have been complaining to the military authority to take full control of Gurbi-Gidan, Jaja-Kaura, Namoda areas of Zamfara stat
“Unless security is fully reinforced in these areas, being the danger zone where most of the bandits live and move freely, we cannot secure Katsina without security in Zamfara, because 99 percent of all the attacks and kidnappings happening in Katsina were from Zamfara.”
Masari’s comment comes days after 26 girls, who were abducted from their homes in Katsina, were rescued in Zamfara state.