Some Traditional Rulers Support Banditry in Katsina State- Garba Shehu
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said that traditional chiefs are the ones not helping matters in the fight against bandits in the Northeastern State of Katsina.
Mr. Shehu who said this on Channel Television’s Sunrise Daily, on Monday, disclosed that the traditional rulers have a habit of helping the bandits escape before security forces reach the scene of the attacks.
Alot of lives have been lost while many more properties have also been damaged due to the activities of the bandits. And Garba Shehu has said that some persons benefit from these attacks.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“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.
“They realised that once aircraft took off from Katsina airport, before it got to Zamfara for operation, telephone calls would have been made and targets would have disappeared. In the end we were forced to be flying from distant places like Kaduna and Kano in order to undertake operations in Zamfara.”
Shehu said the president does not have the solutions to all the problems confronting the country.
“All of us as citizens have a duty to the nation to provide information to our armed forces,” he said.