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Support anti-banditry operations in Northwest – Gov Masari appeals to residents


The Executive Governor of Katsina State, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, has called on Nigerians residing in the northwest to support the onslaught against banditry operations in the region.

Governor Masari made the call during the visit of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, to the state on Thursday.

The COAS is in the state on an operational tour to the military formations and units under the 8 Division.

Governor Masari further said that there had been significant improvement in the security situation in the state. He however noted that the troops could do more, if given the necessary support by Nigerians.

While expressing appreciation to the military and security agencies, Governor Masari urged the troops to sustain the momentum of the ongoing operations, particularly in rural communities, adding that this is necessary to halt isolated cases of killings and abductions by bandits in those areas.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment and continued support to the Nigerian Army (NA) and other security agencies in tackling security challenges in the state.

Delivering his remarks, the COAS expressed gratitude to the Governor and people of Katsina state for their support to the Nigerian Army.

He reassured of improved security in the state and the north west as a whole. Gen Yahaya reaffirmed his determination to enhance collaboration with the state government, as well as synergy with other security agencies in restoring peace and security in the region.

In a related development, the COAS, while at the palace of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji (Dr) Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, called on other traditional rulers and critical stakeholders to assist security agencies with useful information that will support troops’ anti banditry operations.

He equally assured troops of his readiness to support the ongoing operations with requisite logistics and other necessities to enhance the conduct of their operations.

Equally, General Yahaya encouraged the troops to remain steadfast in discharging their duties to the nation in conformity with the constitutional mandate of the Nigeria Army.

He assured them that all hands will be on deck to reward diligence, galantry and good conduct but indolence and bad conduct would not go unpunished.

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