Katsina Governor’s Determined Fight Against Bandits
Governor Dikko Umaru Radda of Katsina State has announced his unwavering commitment to combat the menace of banditry in the state.
In a recent interview with BBC Hausa, he declared his readiness to enter the forests alongside security operatives to confront the bandits terrorizing the region.
Governor Radda is resolute in his determination to sacrifice his own life to bring an end to the security challenges posed by the bandits.
Security as a Top Priority and Establishment of a Volunteer Force
Recognizing the critical importance of security, Governor Radda has prioritized it as a core concern for Katsina State.
As part of the comprehensive strategy to address the issue, the state government has passed legislation to create a volunteer force specifically equipped with weapons.
This volunteer force is seen as a pivotal component in the broader efforts to enhance security in the state.
Inauguration of the Community Watch Corps
To reinforce the fight against banditry, Governor Radda inaugurated the Community Watch Corps, which is designed to complement the efforts of traditional security agencies.
The volunteers within this corps have received training and are now equipped with various resources, including cars, motorcycles, and armored vehicles, to aid them in their mission.
Volunteer Allowances and Sense of Duty
Governor Radda emphasized that the government is dedicated to ensuring that these volunteers receive appropriate compensation for their services.
The state has adopted a minimum wage system, and the volunteers will be duly remunerated.
He emphasized that the volunteers are not motivated by financial gain; instead, they are driven by a sense of duty to protect their families and communities.
Addressing Criticisms and Ensuring the Safety of the People
Governor Radda addressed criticisms directed at the volunteer patrols, asserting that these claims are unfounded.
He stressed that residents of the affected areas are fully aware of the security situation and the dire need to address it.
He expressed his commitment to safeguarding the lives and well-being of his people, stating, “I swear, as governor, even at the cost of my life, I will not allow someone to come and harm my people.”
Radda underscored the urgency of uniting to put an end to the banditry crisis that has plagued the region.
Governor’s Personal Commitment to End Banditry
Governor Radda is determined to lead by example and has expressed his readiness to venture into the forest once all necessary preparations are in place.
His personal involvement signifies the gravity of the situation and the unwavering resolve to eradicate the banditry problem.
He emphasized that critics may be motivated by the fact that their loved ones are not directly affected by the security challenges, and he is resolute in his mission to protect his people.