Traditional Rulers Behind Rising Banditry In Buhari's Home State - Presidency - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, June 15, 2020

Traditional Rulers Behind Rising Banditry In Buhari's Home State - Presidency

                       •Garba Shehu

The Presidency on Monday reveals that some traditional rulers in the home state of the President Muhammadu Buhari are behind the spate of banditry and rising violent attacks in Katsina State.

Mr Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, disclosed this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.

The Daily Crucible monitored it on Monday.

Garba 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.”

Garba further reveals that some people in Buhari's home state are assisting bandits with intelligence to escape.

He recalls that in 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 however regretted that once the aircraft takeoff, unscrupulous elements in Katsina would quickly notify the bandits in Zamfara State that an attack by airforce plane looms, giving them the latitude to take cover or flee the area.

“At some point, the Nigerian Air Force had to put a number of aircraft in Katsina, they are still there. In the early part of that operation attacking Zamfara which then was the epicentre," he said.

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