Masari Bans Commercial Phone Charging Points In 18 Katsina LGAs

 

The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has banned all commercial phone charging points in 18 of the 34 local government areas of the state as part of measures to tackle the scourge of banditry.

He issued the ban on Monday at the Katsina Government House while inaugurating the committee charged with monitoring and enforcing the recently introduced executive order in the state.

Governor Masari believes that the latest measure, coupled with further collaborations with the Federal Ministry of Communications will drastically reduce the menace of banditry in the north-western state.

“The latest instruction that we gave out is the closure of all commercial charging points in the most affected local government areas. Commercial charging, we believe, is also an area which is helping the bandits to acquire means of communication,” he said.

“We believe with this and further measures we are taking with the Federal Ministry of Communication will also help in restoring normalcy to our respective communities.”

He listed the affected local government areas as Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Paskari, Sabuwa, Kurfi, Danja, Kaita, Bakori, Funtua, Kankara, Musawa, Matazu, Dutsima, Mai’adua, Malumfashi and Funtua LGAs.

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

Masari said the state government will continue studying the predicament and will bring further measures that will help address the security challenges facing the state.

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According to him, other states within the northwest are also taking the same measures to simultaneously tame banditry in the zone.

The committee has the Commissioner of Police, CP Sanusi Buba as Chairman and the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa serving as Secretary.

Governor Masari said the committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that its terms of reference and other items not mentioned are applied in the bid to restoring normalcy in the state.

On his part, the police commissioner thanked Governor Masari for the confidence reposed in them, noting that they have taken note of the terms of reference and the leverages given to them to consider other possibilities in bringing a lasting solution to the state

Buba assured the governor that the committee will work round the clock assiduously and with the fear of God in ensuring total compliance with the executive order.

Banditry: It Is ‘Ridiculous’ People Are Not Defending Themselves – Masari

FILE: Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari addresses journalists at the State House in Abuja on April 29, 2021.

 

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has said it is ridiculous that citizens are not defending themselves against bandit attacks.

He made the comment on Friday while speaking at the Katsina police headquarters, where he inaugurated the Katsina Joint Security Operations and Communication Control Centre meant to assist security agencies operating in the state.

According to the Governor, Katsina residents cannot simply rely on security agencies to solve the problem of insecurity.

“Security is our responsibility,” the Governor said. “Why are we surrendering our responsibility to some people? I cannot see how more committed a police officer or military officer can be more than anyone of you.

“Why should I sit in my village and be only making telephone calls without doing nothing?

“Every bandit, every criminal has an address, has a location, and they are human beings like us. The only difference is that they have taken arms against us; does it mean we have nothing to take against them?

“Do we mean we should vacate all our villages, all our farms, all our houses, and surrender them to bandits, and wait for police officer Emeka all the way from Enugu to come to Katsina and rescue me? This is ridiculous. Why?

“I think part of what this Katsina initiative needs to do is to go round all these local governments, let us talk to the people, defend yourselves.”

State Of Emergency Cannot Solve Nigeria’s Security Problems – Masari

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has said that the declaration of a state of emergency on security cannot solve the myriads of challenges facing the country.

Briefing journalists on Thursday after meeting with the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari at the State House in Abuja, Masari said the military is over stretched.

“It cannot because how can state of emergency solve the problem? You have a situation where the military are in all the states of the federation, then you ask yourself, how many do we have?” he said.

“Are we not overstretching them? So the reality is the responsibility of securing this country is ours, all of us. We have a role to play, and we must play it for the sake of the country and for the sake of our children and grandchildren, not for the sake of the persons that in office.

“I think we better be serious about this issue of security. If you say set up state of emergency, what do you do? We are having the same people, the same security agencies, the same capacities, and the same resources. So what are we talking about?”

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari addresses journalists at the State House in Abuja on April 29, 2021.

 

While noting that the nation’s security situation is a national concern and goes beyond partisan politics, the governor said that the responsibility of securing the country does not rest solely on a sect of individuals or security agency.

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According to him, the emphasis on security would ultimately be of great benefit to every Nigerian and sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.

Governor Masari also reacted to the security situation in his state, adding that his administration is working hard to contain the ugly trend of banditry, kidnapping among several others.

He also said the state government is working closely with security agencies to nip criminal activities in the bud for the overall good of residents of Katsina State.

He added, “Actually the situation is still of high concern, insecurity is real and we’re doing everything to make sure that we control the situation so that it doesn’t reach the level it reached before and we’re hopeful that working together with the security agencies and the responsible people and also the repentant bandits will be able to have our state will back to normalcy.”

Masari’s reaction comes 48 hours after the House of Representatives asked President Buhari to declare a state of emergency on the security sector.

The House had on April 27 held a record three-hour executive (closed-door) session, from where the lawmakers unanimously adopted a series of resolutions.

After the meeting, Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, read out the resolutions, part of which the lower chamber condemned the attacks on security personnel and formations around the country and sympathised with families of victims.

The House’s demand followed the recent taking over of 42 communities in Niger State by Boko Haram.

On Tuesday, Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents infiltrated Kauri Community of Shiroro Local Government Area and have hoisted their flag.

Bello explained that the plan of the insurgents is to make Kauri its operational base so as to occupy Abuja, which is just two hours’ drive from the state.

With Determination, Nigeria Will Overcome Its Challenges – Masari

(FILE) Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has insisted that Nigeria has the ability, capacity, and resources to deal decisively with the current and lingering security situation bedevilling the country.

He made the remark on Monday in Abuja when he received members of the National Assembly led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, on a sympathy visit over the recent fire incidents at the Katsina Central Market and Katsina State House of Assembly.

The governor believes the present problems in the country are parts of the process of growth and development, as well as indicate that nothing good comes easy.

“Countries have gone through worse situations but have emerged stronger, more united, more focused, and determined.

“So, I do believe that with determination and perseverance, we can conquer all odds, and God willing, we will deal with it squarely for the benefit of the country and Africa as a whole,” he told the lawmakers.

Governor Masari added, “What is happening calls for more action and more unity among members of the National Assembly. The nation needs leadership and you have a history to make. We need to look at our problems and other challenges facing the country without blame games.

“We have a very strategic position in Africa in terms of population, resources, and capacity. So, let us utilise it and salvage our nation. Let us also shame the evil merchants.”

While thanking the delegation for the visit, he decried that the fire incident at the Katsina Central Market affected the lives of thousands of people directly and indirectly.

The governor noted that the market was beneficial to residents in Katsina metropolis and other local governments, as well as those living in parts of the Niger Republic, particularly the people in Maradi who considered the market as their main market.

On his part, Wase told the governor that the visit was to commiserate with the government and people of Katsina over the fire incidents at the market and the House of Assembly.

He said the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, directed him to convey the sympathy of the National Assembly, particularly the House to the governor at this trying moment.

The lawmaker described the incidents as very sad events and prayed to God to grant the victims the fortitude to bear the loss.

Katsina Central Market Fire: Masari Inaugurates Investigative Committee

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has inaugurated an administrative committee to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the fire that gutted the Katsina State Central Market.

Masari during the inauguration held on Monday at the Council Chamber of the Katsina Government House announced that the committee will investigate, determine and find out the causes and the extent of damages of the unfortunate fire incident.

He observed that the market which serves the whole Katsina State including some parts of the Niger Republic had never witnessed such since its creation.

He described the incident as the most devastating in the history of fire incidents in the state.

The terms of references of the committee include among others; identifying victims whose property was gutted by the inferno, recommend ways and measures to avert future occurrence as well as co-opt any person which the committee feels to assist.

Masari assured that the government will do everything possible to improve not only the standard of the market but also to assist the affected persons.

On his part, the chairman of the committee and Commissioner of Works, Housing And Transport, Tasi’u Dandagoro assured that the committee will operate accordingly and appropriately by doing what is expected.

“This committee will swing into action immediately and no part of this disaster will be left untouched. We will do our possible best to see that We put up our findings and recommendations on time for considerations. I want to assure your Excellency that we will do all our best and make appropriate recommendations to the state government,” Dandagoro assured.

Goods and properties worth millions of naira were reported to have been destroyed in the fire outbreak which occurred last week Friday at the famous Katsina Central Market.

An eyewitness and one of the shop owners, Abass Labaran told Channels Television that shops numbering over 100 were burnt.

Labaran said items destroyed in his shop include provisions, foodstuffs in large quantities, and books.

2023 Presidency Should Be Zoned To Southern Nigeria, Says Governor Masari

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 18, 2021.

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections in the country, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, says Southern Nigeria should produce the next President.

President Muhammadu Buhari who contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) swept to power in 2015 after defeating ex-President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari was also re-elected in 2019 after beating PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and will complete his constitutionally mandated tenure in 2023.

But Masari who spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Thursday said a non-northerner should succeed President Buhari in 2023.

“If you ask me as a person Aminu, I think we should move the presidency to the southern part of the country,” he said when asked which zone should have the 2023 presidency.

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Although he did not specify which particular geographical region of the south should produce the next Presidency, he, however, added, “South is South.”

The governor is confident that the ruling APC will fare well after President Buhari’s tenure despite the challenges the country currently faces.

To Masari, the APC came at a time when the economy was in a comatose situation, hence the introduction of social programmes link the TraderMoni, AnchorBorrower, School feeding among several others.

He stated that no political party has brought social interventions for the betterment of the masses in Nigeria’s history like the APC.

When asked if the APC was the nation’s saviour, the governor replied saying: “Of course, by all means. Let everybody come with a balance sheet of what they got yesterday and what we get today and compare notes.”

Speaking on banditry activities in the northwestern region, Governor Masari kicked against the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits.

He insisted that the bandits needed moral and spiritual support to realise the evil perpetrated by killing people.

Banditry: ‘What Does Sheikh Gumi Know?’ Governor Masari Challenges Cleric’s Intervention

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on March 17, 2021.

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has kicked against Sheikh Ahmad Gumi’s intervention on the banditry activities in the northwest.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today which aired on Wednesday, Masari challenged the Islamic cleric to a debate.

“Was he there? What did he know about what we did in Kaduna? I challenge Gumi to come and tell us if he knows what we did in Kaduna,” the governor said in reaction to Gumi’s stance on how the state government is handling banditry.

“The stories they are telling him are the stories they said in 2015, the same story in 2019. What does he know about the forest? Is he victimizing killings?”

When asked if he is in support of the cleric’s intervention to governors of the north-western states, Masari replied in the negative.

While faulting Gumi’s suggestion to the state governments, the governor said the bandits needed moral and spiritual support to realise the evil perpetrated by killing people.

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“I don’t support Sheikh Gumi’s intervention because he did not do it rightly. I expect him to, first of all, preach to them (the bandits), the implication of killing innocent people and also the implication of abducting people and its consequences. That is what I expect a clergyman first and foremost to do,” the governor added.

Speaking further, Masari who is also the Chairman of the North-west Governors’ Forum, said he strongly opposes the idea of granting blanket amnesty to the bandits.

The governor’s remarks come a month after Gumi said Fulani herdsmen involved in banditry are victims of circumstance.

Gumi who spoke during an exclusive interview on February 22 told Channels Television that while “there is no excuse for any crime; nothing can justify crime, and they are committing the crime,” the bandits were forced into criminality.

Buhari Is Katsina Indigene Who Deserves Our Solidarity, Masari Tells APC Supporters

File photo of Governor Masari.

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has called on supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rally behind President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking to APC members on Monday at the Government House in Katsina, Masari warned that he will not tolerate any factionalism in the party.

The governor told party loyalists that President Muhammadu Buhari deserves their solidarity and hospitality being an indigene of Katsina State.

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“Number one, the current state administration in Katsina is APC and that the Nigerian President is an indigene of Katsina produced by the APC. He deserves solidarity and hospitality from you. Anyone here who doesn’t know the party constitution should go and read it,” Governor Masari said.

“I swear I will not tolerate factionalism of the party in Buhari’s home state. This is impossible. I can personally agree to be confronted or challenged on wrongdoings so I can apologize, but we have two responsibilities here on our shoulders.”

The meeting comes two days after the APC flagged off its nationwide membership registration, update, and revalidation exercise in Daura, Katsina State.

President Buhari has attended the exercise aimed at sensitising stakeholders regarding the ongoing registration exercise.

Governor Masari Declines Comment On Why Buhari Has Not Visited Kankara

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Wednesday declined to comment on why President Muhammadu Buhari has not visited Kankara since the abduction of over 300 students from Government Science Secondary School in the state.

During an interview on Channels Television programme, Politics Today, the Governor refused to answer if he spoke with President Muhammadu Buhari on why he has not visited the school.

Instead, the governor asked the Channels Television presenter to go and ask President Buhari the question.

See the conversation below:

Channels Television Presenter: Governor, still staying with the visit to the President. I am sure you have seen a lot of questions coming from the President asking just why the President has not visited the school. Did you get any response concerning that.

Governor Masari: You go and ask your President. I didn’t ask him that. You go and ask him.

Channels Television Presenter: It was you that met with the President, Governor Masari and a lot of Nigerians will like to know if that came up.

Governor Masari: Your correspondent is on the entourage of the President ask him to ask him.

Channels Television Presenter: Why ask him, when we can ask you.

On Friday last week, gunmen attacked Government Science Secondary School in the Kankara council area of the north-west state, kidnapping scores of students.

At least 333 students are still missing since the attack which Boko Haram has claimed to be responsible for.

 

-No Abducted Student Dead-

Also during the interview on Politics Today, Governor Masari said no abducted student of the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of the state is dead.

“The children are alive and we have not received any report that anyone had fallen sick. So we assume that all is well with the children,” the governor said.

Kankara Attack: No Abducted Student Is Dead, Says Governor Masari

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has said that no abducted student of the Government Science Secondary School in Ƙanƙara Local Government Area of the state is dead.

The governor, who spoke from the Government House in Katsina, gave an update on Wednesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, five days after the abduction of the students, hundreds of kilometres (miles) from Boko Haram’s stronghold in northeastern Nigeria.

“The children are alive and we have not received any report that anyone had fallen sick. So we assume that all is well with the children,” the governor said.

“I was in touch with at least two of the students that escaped on Saturday. I was also in touch on Monday with two that came back.

“With the four that have been reunited with their families, none of them reported any of the students died.”

When asked who was responsible for the kidnap of the students, the governor said based on security reports at his disposal, bandits were responsible for the incident.

Although Masari didn’t rule out the possibility of Boko Haram terrorists involved in the operation, he, however, explained that some bandits were making contact with some terrorists.

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“The reports we have and from the information available to us, this abduction was conducted, executed by the local bandits that are known to all of us.

“I am not discountenancing any foreign (connivance) either ISWAP or Boko Haram indirectly working with the bandits.

“For over one year, there are signs that some of the elements of the bandits are making contacts with some of the elements of the Boko Haram,” he added.

Earlier, Masari had during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina on Monday, said the bandits had contacted the state government.

He explained that security agencies had located the position of the children and expressed optimism that based on efforts made so far, “the outlook is positive.”

Governor Masari who was accompanied to the visit by his deputy, Manir Yakubu, noted that President Buhari was committed to the rescue of the schoolchildren.

Katsina Abduction: 333 Students Missing, Says Governor Masari

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has confirmed that three hundred and thirty-three students are missing following an attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina on Friday night.

The governor gave the figure when he received a Federal Government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno on Sunday.

The governor who explained that the school has a population of 839 students said so far, those kidnapped cut across the state with the boarding school housing all children from all parts of the state and outside the state.

“Based on the available record we have, we are still searching for 333 students through either the forest or their parents to ascertain the actual number that has been kidnapped,” Governor Masari said.

“We are still counting because more are coming out from the forest and we are calling through the numbers those parents that have phone numbers to find out whether or not their children have gone back home.

“We as a government we are yet to be contacted by any group or person responsible for the kidnap of the students.”


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On his part, the leader of the delegation and Minister of Defence, General Bashir Magashi, asked the armed forces, the police and other security agencies to move faster to ensure the speedy rescue of the students.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari welcomes FG delegation on December 13, 2020.

The Defence Minister warned that Bandits must not be allowed to rest for a moment, adding that it is high time to declare the bandits as terrorists to encourage people to seat up.

“Today we are here also to sympathise with you over the recent abduction of secondary school students which is a more or less ruthless exercise conducted to temper with the education of the students,” he said.

“With the brief, we received from the sister security agencies in the state, this task will be very simple to accomplish.

“Within the next few hours, we will ensure that these people are back without any collateral damage to the people of Katsina State.

“All hands are on deck to ensure we accomplish our tasks within the armed forces and the police. I was here around August on the same kind of mission to sympathise with the government regarding the farmers/herders clashes.”

Katsina Governor Masari Recruits Over 4,000 Teachers

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, speaks during a visit to an IDP camp in the state on June 28, 2020.

 

At least 4,250 primary and secondary schools teachers have been recruited by the Katsina State Government from 2015 to date.

This is in addition to the recruitment of 7,000 S-Power teachers to enhance the teaching and learning process in the state.

Governor Aminu Masari stated this during the 2020 Katsina State Education Summit held at the Local Government Service Commission, Katsina.

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The governor who was the special guest of honour at the summit tagged ‘The Journey So Far’ was represented by his deputy, Mannir Yakubu.

Yakubu while explaining that the current government has, since inception from 2015 to date, committed a lot of resources in the education sector as the sector has undoubtedly witnessed a holistic revolution in the areas of infrastructure development, staff employment, capacity building of teaching and non-teaching aimed at facing the modern-day system in schools.

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In the Basic Education subsector, he revealed that the current state administration has constructed and rehabilitated 2,294 classrooms, renovated 1,334 offices and stores and embarking on the upgrading of 12 primary schools into storey building structures.

Beside drilling of 70 boreholes in some primary schools in the state, 930 toilets were in his words constructed in various primary schools across the state to improve the sanitary condition of both pupils and teachers.

“There was the establishment and construction of seven new secondary schools in the state. This is in addition to rehabilitation of 38 secondary school and partial renovation of 37 schools due to storm damages and delapidations,” he added.

“In the area of tertiary education, the state government has successfully established and constructed faculties of agriculture and law at Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University and the construction of mosque and wall fencing.

“There is another construction of students female hostel and laboratories at Isah Kaita College Of Education Dutsinma. This in addition to the construction of road network and rehabilitation of student hostel at Dr Yusufu Bala Usman College, Daura.

“In the area of manpower development, there is the employment of academic and non-academic staff in the tertiary institutions.”

He mentioned that the state government has also given much priority to the payment of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS and scholarship payment to its indigenes studying various accredited courses in higher institutions of learning within and outside the country.