A Group under the auspices of Arewa Defense League, has thrown its weight behind the recent call by Katsina State Governor, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari for communities to defend themselves against rural bandits and other criminal gangs.
This was contained in a statement signed by the President of the Group Murtala Abubakar and made available to the media in Kaduna on 30th December, 2021.
The Group lauded the promise by Gov. Masari to assist communities acquire weapons.
Abubakar said the apparent failures of the military and other law enforcement agencies to protect citizens against bandits and other dangerous criminal has created an atmosphere where heavenly armed bandits operates freely in the Northwest and part of Niger State with impunity as they rapes, plunder, maim and kill citizens with reckless abandoned.
“Many leaders of thoughts, opinion Mulder and Associations had called on communities to take up arms and defend themselves. Some people expressed the fears that such calls if heeded, could degenerate into anarchy.
“However, the latest initiatives by Katsina State government to assist communities armed themselves with some sort of official regulations will balance the use of terror by these criminals thereby, reduce the frequent attracts on communities.”