Following the killing of a primary school teacher, Mallam Usman and his mother, residents of Dan Musa, a town in Katsina State, have called for tight security to preempt further incursion.
The deceased were slain in their residence when the marauders invaded the town, WikkiTimes learnt.
Their mindless killing snowballed into a protest, where aggrieved community members defaced the government’s assets.
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Following the attack, Governor Aminu Masari in a press release directed security agencies to fish out the assailants.
“Government is working to apprehend those responsible for the unfortunate incident of banditry at Dan-Musa on Tuesday leading to protest and wanton destruction of public property by some aggrieved youths,” said the governor.
He added: “Katsina state government also wishes to assure the general public that security agencies are on top of the situation as normalcy has since returned to the area. While the government sympathises with the families of the two victims, it will not condone any act of lawlessness.
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“Security agencies have been directed to fish out the perpetrators and take appropriate actions against them.”
It urged the public to “go about their normal business,” adding that “security agencies are investigating the remote and immediate causes of the incident with a view of averting a repeat.”
INADEQUATE SECURITY OPERATIVES AS LEADERS NEGLECT COMMUNITY
A resident of the community who spoke with WikkiTimes, said security forces present in the local government headquarters are not more than 40.
“The mobile police deployed to Dan Musa are doing their best to defend the people. But we need more,” he told WikkiTimes.
According to the resident, “our leaders have deserted us. The Chairman is not here. Vice Chairman, District head, Village head as well as Member house of assembly. How else are we going to reach the government to communicate our critical condition?
“They are the representatives of the people but we are left stranded.”
Farming, which is a major occupation of the residents, has been threatened by the security situation. According to residents, farmers were compelled to carry out premature harvests for fear of the unknown.
“A journey one kilometer away from the town is now impossible because we are being told bandits lurk around. Nobody can risk it. It is drastically affecting our livelihood,” a resident told WikkiTimes.
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The residents further appealed to the government to carry out a timely intervention so as to address the security situation.
Efforts to reach Gambo Isah, spokesman for Katsina Police Command proved futile as a text message sent to him had not been responded to as of press time.