It was a day of sorrow in Katsina State Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state, as armed people simply called bandits killed 18 farmers in one fell swoop.
The state government reported however that the governor Aminu
Masari sympathised with people of Batsari Local Government Area, where the farmers
his sympathy message was at the his office when citizens went to lay their complaints, assuring them that his administration is doing all it can to stop the killings.
“I feel it more than you do, because I know Allah will ask me on the Day of Judgment.
“It is our duty to protect lives and property in the state, yet, this is what is happening, we are doing our best.
“You bear me witness that wherever such incident occurred, I visit the community and tell them our commitment toward addressing the menace.
“We are going to table the problem of insecurity challenges bedeviling all the northern states before Mr President tomorrow,” he said.
The governor said that protest will not solve the problems, urging them to remain calm, as the government was doing its best to end the menace.
Earlier, the leader of the people, Aminu Ruma, told the governor that the victims were killed in their farmlands in Yar-gamji village of Batsari Local Government Area.
Ruma said that some farmers were still missing, following the attack.
The community leader stated that the bandits also rustled some cows that belonged to the victims.
He said that the security agents later evacuated the corpses and brought them to the palace of the District Head of Batsari.
“People of Batsari, Safana and Danmusa Local Government Areas will not plant crops this year for fear of bandits attack,” he said.
He, therefore, urged the government to hasten in taking measures that would end insecurity challenges bedeviling the areas.