The government of Katsina State declares that it would use all reasonable means to safeguard the populace and will not engage in negotiations with any individual or group of criminals.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Katsina, Dr. Nasiru Muazu-Danmusa, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, revealed this.
The commissioner reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to eradicating banditry and other security issues in the region.
Muazu-Danmusa also said that the state government was taking the necessary measures to enable the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state to return to their respective communities.
He said that the inauguration of the Community Security Watch Corps (KCSWC) by Gov. Dikko Radda on October 10 was an indicator of the commitment and determination to restore lasting peace in the state.
The commissioner said, ”I think Katsina State has the highest number of IDPs in the North-West as a result of insecurity.
“However, we are making efforts to reverse the negative narrative by putting in place excellent strategies that will address the problem.”
Muazu-Danmusa said that the government had benchmarked the salaries of the agency’s operatives on the basis of the National Minimum Wage.
“We are constructing their offices, providing them with patrol vehicles, motorcycles, weapons, and gadgets, among others, for their effective operations.
“So, we are going in tandem with the provisions of the constitution in providing them with all these things,” he said.
The commissioner said that the corps was committed to the call to sacrifice their best for their people and communities.
The members of the corps are native to their towns; they have led the charge in the battle against the terrorists; they are acquainted with the area and have promised to defend their fellow citizens, Muazu-Danmusa continued.
He expressed hope that the operation will be successful because of the people’s sincere prayers.
Additionally, Muazu-Danmusa called on the public to step up efforts to give security officers reliable intelligence information so they can effectively stop crimes before they start.
According to NAN, 1,466 young people were taught by the state government and assigned to their local communities to assist other security personnel in the fight against banditry.