By John Ikani
Governor Aminu Masari has urged Katsina State citizens resident in areas prone to activities of bandits to acquire weapons and defend themselves.
A statement issued by one of Masari’s spokespersons, Abdu Labaran, revealed that the Governor made the call during his visit to Jibia town to condole with the families of 10 people that were recently crushed by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) through reckless driving.
The statement quoted him as saying it is morally wrong for people to submit cheaply to the bandits without any attempt to defend themselves.
According to him, security is everybody’s business, pointing out that it is not the responsibility of the government alone.
“It is the people’s meek submission that emboldens the bandits to continue with their heinous activities with murderous frequency.
“People must divorce their minds from the mistaken notion that security is government’s sole responsibility alone,” Masari said.
Speaking on the loss of lives caused by operatives of the NCS, Masari assured that those killed by the customs operatives would not die in vain.
According to him, “Government is perusing all the necessary legal steps to seek redress for the families of the deceased as well as those who sustained various degrees of injuries.
Recall NSC crushed 10 persons to death through reckless driving while pursuing smugglers in Jibia border in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State recently.