Katsina Governor says ISWAP trying to establish bases in North-West
Aminu Masari, Katsina Governor, has disclosed that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) is trying to establish bases in Nigeria’s North-West.
The governor further explained how cattle rustling in the North-West transformed into banditry and kidnapping.
Masari spoke when he featured on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Katsina.
He blamed the security challenges in the region on lack of education and influx of criminals from North African countries.
Masari said the infiltration, particularly from Niger Republic, Mali and Libya, increased the threats in affected states.
He lamented how the crisis in Libya caused proliferation of arms and ammunition in sub-Saharan Africa.
“We have to accept that within these areas, Nigeria is the richest and an attraction for all forms of criminality and kidnapping,” Masari said.
“Even ISWAP will want to at least stay in the North-West to institute a family here, but we are fighting day and night to ensure that it doesn’t happen.”
Masari said drug abuse worsened the situation in the north as the young men bandits use for attacks are regularly provided with intoxicants.
The governor disclosed that kidnapping had reached a point where criminals kidnap members of their family for ransom.
Masari admitted insecurity was affecting farmers, traders and the agriculture sector in general.
“What we met as cattle rustling has turned into banditry and insurgency which are depriving people from access to their farms,” he added.
Masari revealed that North-West governors were training vigilance members – 500 now and another 3,000 later – to protect communities.
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