Governor Dikko Umar Radda Pledges Security Funding to Combat Banditry in Katsina State

Governor Dikko Umar Radda Pledges Security Funding to Combat Banditry in Katsina State

In a recent announcement, Governor Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State has affirmed his government’s commitment to utilizing the remaining budgeted funds for the fiscal year to bolster the capabilities of security agencies.


The primary objective is to fortify the state’s defenses against the ongoing threats posed by banditry.

During a weekend meeting with Katsina elders to discuss the pressing security concerns within the state, Governor Radda emphasized his intention to approach the state House of Assembly with a formal request.

This request seeks the assembly’s approval for utilizing necessary funds to address the prevailing issues until a sense of normalcy is reinstated in areas of the state grappling with armed banditry and kidnapping.

Governor Radda underscored his determination to quell the unrest that has gripped the state.


He declared that his administration will not entertain any discussions of amnesty or engage in dialogues with the armed bandits.

Instead, the focus will be on supporting the security agencies in their efforts to decisively curb the menace.

However, Governor Radda did mention an exception: bandits who genuinely repent before facing arrest by security forces may be eligible for pardon.

This reflects a willingness to consider a path towards rehabilitation for those willing to abandon criminal activities.

Furthermore, the governor outlined a multifaceted approach to tackling the security challenges.


This approach includes the recruitment of vigilante operatives across the local government areas affected by the crisis.

Additionally, a special committee will be established to furnish security agencies with crucial information vital to addressing the ongoing threat.

In the midst of these security discussions, the gathering of Katsina elders, led by Senator Abu Ibrahim, expressed their concerns about the leadership crisis unfolding in the neighboring Niger Republic.

They also raised awareness about the power struggle between the military Junta and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

The elders called for a peaceful resolution to this crisis, highlighting the regional implications of stability and cooperation.


In summary, Governor Dikko Umar Radda’s resolute commitment to enhancing security measures and collaborating with security agencies in Katsina State reflects a comprehensive strategy to overcome the challenges posed by banditry.

This approach, combined with the counsel and concerns of Katsina elders, signifies a determined effort towards restoring peace and stability to the region.

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