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.

Buhari, Masari Meet Over Banditry In Katsina

A file photo showing Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari talking to President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

Although the details of the meeting are sketchy as at press time, however, it may not be unconnected with the security challenges in the state, especially banditry that has led to the death of many people.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Masari asked leaders of the country not to allow insecurity to overwhelm them.

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The governor wants his colleagues in the north-western and north-central states to ensure that the security challenges do not deteriorate further.

According to him, efforts are being made to address the several threats in the region, assuring that banditry and other forms of criminality will soon be a thing of the past.

He also lamented that the two regions have vast forests and an unfriendly terrain especially during the rainy season making it difficult to move heavy military equipment.

Masari Accuses Vigilante Group Of Triggering Katsina Bandit Attacks

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

 

 

The Katsina State government has decried the activities of a vigilante group – Yansakai, otherwise known as ‘Volunteers’, for allegedly triggering the mass killings in the front-line Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

Governor Aminu Masari stated this on Sunday during a visit to the temporary camp of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Dandume LGA.

He alleged that the activities of Yansakai have made it extremely difficult for security agencies to tackle banditry and other related crimes in the state.

The governor, therefore, warned that the state government only support vigilante groups that have been recognised by the law enforcement agencies.

He said, “We don’t accept neither have we approved Yansakai, as in most cases, they are responsible for triggering the mass killings of innocent citizens.”

“Yansakai can travel 30 kilometres from their place and kill a Fulani or anybody they suspect to be a bandit and when the bandits in the forest come, they attack the nearest innocent community. It has happened in Kadisau and many areas that have recorded massive killings.

“It is the matter of restoring confidence but most of the villages that these victims came from are deserted now. We want to make sure that there is the presence of military and police before they go back,” Governor Masari noted.

Earlier, the governor visited the IDP camps in Faskari and Kadisau to also commiserate with the people over the recent attacks by bandits which left over 50 innocent citizens dead.

A total of 3,888 IDPs – mostly women and children – have been taking shelter for 42 days in Dandume after being displaced from about 27 villages in Faskari LGA.

One of the displaced persons, Shamsiyya Bello, hails from Birnin Kogo and is among the 27 women who have been delivered of babies at the camp.

Narrating her ordeal, 20-year-old Shamsiyya said, “We are indeed in a critical situation. I am from Birnin Kogo village; we don’t sleep, our husbands couldn’t spend the night at home.”

“Every day, we were in crisis; plenty gunshots here and there with the bandits who killed my brother. We want the authorities concerned to enter the forest and flush out these bandits, they have really cheated us,” the victim lamented.

Katsina Govt Drills 2,000 Boreholes In 34 Local Councils

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

 

The Katsina State Government has drilled no fewer than 2,000 boreholes across the 34 Local Government Areas of the state.

Governor Aminu Masari disclosed this on Thursday in Ajiwa town of Batagarawa Local Government Area of the state.

The governor also lamented that many of the communities in the state have been facing a lack of potable water supply, reiterating his administration’s commitment to supply more boreholes.

He revealed that the state government has planned the rehabilitation of Ajiwa Dam into two stages.

Governor Masari believes that “investment in water and health are very heavy and these are not investments which people readily see.”

“Everything you see here is cast and build, you can’t buy it in the shop. So we have to design and take it to manufacturers and they will take their time, you will follow the queue before they finish and supply to you.

“Otherwise is not an ordinary generating set or pumping set, if you see the capacity of the new pumps and the third one is coming, these were the pumps which were installed in 1974. We have brought an old version of the same pumps from the same manufacturer from the same company and we are changing the entire electrical system in the pump floor.

“Everything here will be new before the end of the year and then we start the second stage, that is raising the height of the dam to store more water and additional clarifier to treat more water in order to meet the needs of communities living around this area,” he said.

Banditry: NSA, IGP, DSS Boss Visit Katsina

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu meets with Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

 

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammed Adamu, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji have arrived Katsina State over the security situation in the state.

The IGP was joined by other security stakeholders led by the Commissioner of Police in the state, Sanusi Buba.

On arrival at the General Muhammadu Buhari Government House, the team had a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Masari over the recent wave of banditry and other crimes in the state.

Speaking to reporters shortly after the 2-hour meeting, Monguno said the visit was in response to the occurrences in the last couple of weeks and to know the underlining causes of the problems from a collective point of view.

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While lamenting the spate of attacks in the state, the NSA is however optimistic that security agencies can effectively deal with the criminal elements unleashing mayhem on the people.

According to him, there is a need to make the people within the communities to have confidence in the security operatives.

“We need to build and restore the confidence of the local community and we had necessary reassurance from the state governor,” he said.

COVID-19: Courts Commence Virtual Proceedings In Katsina

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

Courts in Katsina State have commenced virtual proceedings.

The new procedure comes amid the guidelines issued by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for court sittings during the COVID- 19 period.

The State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi, who spoke shortly after the commencement of the new procedure said the virtual court proceedings would hasten the dispensation of justice in the state.

Justice Danladi noted that as the global economy and governance have gone digital, it is imperative for the judiciary to embrace the trend in its operation.

This comes five days after the state government reiterated its commitment to support the judiciary in carrying out its constitutional responsibilities.

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Governor Aminu Masari stated this during the swearing-in of an Acting Grand Khadi, Muhammad Kabir as well as the Solicitor General and permanent secretary in the ministry of Justice, Barrister Isma’il Ibrahim Danladi at the Government House in Katsina.

According to the governor, his administration is ever ready to continue to respect the rule of law, expecting other arms of the legislature and the judiciary to apply due process, transparency and accountability.

COVID-19: Governor Masari Reopens Major Markets In Katsina

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari

 

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has ordered the re-opening of all weekly major markets operating in the state.

The affected markets are Charanchi, Mai’aduwa, Mashi, Dandume, among others.

The re-opening of the markets will take effect from Friday, June 5.

This follows the drop in the emergence of new COVID-19 cases and the concern of the government on the adverse effects of shutting down the markets and the socio-economic activities and well-being of the majority of the people in the state.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, the directive followed a regular review meeting between the government and other stakeholders on the measures being taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the state.

Inuwa, however, warned people to note that despite easing the lockdown, the lifting of the ban and restrictions and re-opening of the markets, there is no coronavirus in the state.

The state government also asked the people to strictly abide by the health and security protocols such as the consistent wearing of the facemask, maintaining of social and physical distancing as well as constant washing of hands with soap and hand sanitizers.

While calling for continued cooperation, support and understanding of the people to collectively fight the pandemic to the end particularly, Governor Masari warned aged persons and people with various health concerns to avoid crowded places.

Katsina Relaxes COVID-19 Lockdown For One Week

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has ordered the relaxation of the lockdown order in the state for one week.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Mustapha Inuwa, announced this in a statement on Saturday.

He disclosed that the government took the decision to relax the lockdown at the regular review meeting with religious leaders and other stakeholders in the state.

Inuwa stated that the relaxation of the lockdown would be effective between Monday, May 18, and Sunday, May 24.

He explained that it would be observed within the local government areas (LGAs), although the ban on movement from one LGA to another remained in force.

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The SSG revealed that Governor Masari has directed the Katsina and Daura Emirate Councils to ensure that district and village heads stay in their domain to observe the forthcoming Eid-El-Fitr celebration.

According to him, the governor has noted that two-thirds of the COVID-19 cases in the state were recorded within Katsina, the state capital.

Read the statement below:

Masari Decries Renewed Bandit Attacks In Katsina

A file photo of Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

 

 

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, has described himself as ‘a very sad person’ as a result of the renewed activities of bandits in the state.

The governor stated this on Thursday when he received the Chief of Defence Training and Operations, Major General Leo Irabor, on a courtesy call at the Government House in Katsina.

He explained that he had started to run out of patience because of the plight of the residents in local governments bordering the forests.

Governor Masari decried the terrible condition in which the villagers were living, saying the situation was not about coronavirus but ‘bandit virus’.

He noted that a Divisional Police Officer in Faskari Local Government Area was nearly killed in an attack by bandits, adding that he was receiving treatment at a hospital.

The Governor revealed that on the same night, five people were killed and their animals rustled at a village in neighbouring Sabuwa Local Government Area of the state.

He said, “In Sabuwa, on the same night too, the head of Danmusa Local Government who is an indigene of Sabuwa was kidnapped along with his son by the bandits.

“Two weeks ago, over 50 people were lost in the eight frontline local governments and the attacks were happening on a daily basis.”

Governor Masari lamented that the residents have started losing confidence in the administration, stressing that the locals threatened to take up arms and confront the bandits.

He, however, said he had to plead with the political leadership in Faskari and was able to convince them that the bandits have more sophisticated weapons.

Although the governor lamented that he had limitations of both resources and authority, he was hopeful that banditry would stop in Katsina the security operatives were armed with the needed weapons and logistics.

Earlier, Major General Irabor told Governor Masari that he was in Katsina following the report on the resurgence of banditry in the Rugu Forests.

He assured the governor that the military would step up operations to bring the situation under control and thanked him for his support to the military.