By Centus Nweze
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Katsina state has decried the spate of insecurity in the state, lamenting that, the problem has become a daily occurrence despite presence of security operatives.
Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, the state party Chairman stated this in a statement signed and issued to newsmen in Katsina on Monday, said insecurity had become prevalent as kidnapping, killing and related atrocities were being recorded on a frequent basis.
Majigiri said the recent abduction of over three hundred students from Government Science Secondary School GSSS Kankara, by suspected bandits, attest to the rising problem of insecurity in the state.
He called on both the federal and state governments to become proactive more than reactive in addressing the security situation.
“The high increase in insecurity in Katsina state is of serious concern to all of us. The spate of killings, banditry and kidnappings are daily on the increase. This should be a source of concern to all as it cuts across all borders”.
According to him, it would be recalled that, the in-laws of both the President and Governor of the state were kidnapped at one time. A Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairman was once kidnapped. A high profile Islamic scholar was kidnapped.
“Even though these persons were released, majority of the masses kidnapped on daily basis and payment of ransoms is a daily occurrence. Many lives have been lost, the District head of Yantumaki was killed, the village heads of Birchi and Mazoji were killed”.
“The APC Chairman of Batsari LG was killed, the PDP Chairman of Sabuwa LG was killed. Aside these killings many more people have lost their lives in the course of the process of kidnapping or refusal to pay ransom or through torture in the hands of the kidnappers”, he added.
“Aside the 10 frontline local governments areas of Sabuwa, Dandume, Faskari, Kankara, Danmusa, Batsari, Safana, Kurfi, Jibiya and Dutsinma that are most insecure, other local governments like Kankia, Matazu, Musawa have become very vulnerable”.
“However, fear has been thrown into the minds of residents of the whole state since there were semblances of kidnappings in local governments even not close to the frontline local governments”, the state PDP boss said.
“As a result of cattle rustling and payment of ransom many families have been thrown into abject poverty to rescue their loved ones”.
Similarly, he said many people have been thrown into IDP camps. The children in these camps no longer attend schools, no good healthcare, food and portable drinking water. The consequences of these rustlings and kidnappings have thrown the state into economic and social backwardness.
“We, however, show our empathy and sympathize with the parents and guardians of these children,” and called on residents to embark on a one-day fast for a speedy end to the security situation.”