The Presidency has said that some monarchs in Katsina state are sponsoring bandits to attack residents of the Northern state
In an interview on Channels Television on Monday, Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, noted that some traditional rulers have been collaborating with the bandits to unleash violent attacks in the state.
Shehu said the President alone cannot solve the issue of banditry in the country, adding that every citizen has a duty to the nation to provide information to security agencies.
He said, “It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the President’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people.
“In neighbouring Zamfara, emirs and district heads, quite a number of them have been swept out of office. The thing is there are beneficiaries of whatever rotten system you have.
“Some people see President Buhari and think he has all the solutions. No. All of us as citizens have a duty to the nation to provide information to our armed forces.”
Shehu said during the height of violent conflicts in Zamfara State, the Nigerian Air Force stationed aircraft in Katsina airport from where they could launch attacks against bandits in Zamfara.
He said once the aircraft takes off, unscrupulous elements in Katsina would quickly inform the bandits in Zamfara State that an attack was imminent, giving them ample time to take cover.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that bandits have been attacking Katsina State for some weeks now which has now led to a series of protests from residents.