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General News of Friday, 31 December 2021


Lack of synergy among security agencies fuelling banditry in N'west

Secretary to the Katsina State Government (SSG), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa Secretary to the Katsina State Government (SSG), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa

The Secretary to the Katsina State Government (SSG), Dr. Mustapha Inuwa, has identified lack of synergy among the North-west governors and security agencies as one of the critical factors fuelling insecurity in the region.

He explained that if the state governors and security agencies work together and carry out their operations simultaneously, banditry and other security challenges besetting the zone and other regions of the country would end in six months.

Inuwa, in his opening remarks at a two-day capacity building workshop with the theme: ‘Journalism in the Midst of Insecurity’, organised by the Katsina State Correspondents’ Chapel, said security agencies were operating separately without understanding the problem of the region.

He added that recently, governors in the North-west region shut down telecommunications services and adopted other security measures that were supposed to provide security personnel better opportunity to tackle banditry but they failed.

He said: “It is rarely important that the governors meet regularly to discuss, review issues and have a work plan that they will continue to ensure that they are implemented according to the plan.

“But the synergy among the security agencies is also very important and to be candid, is lacking because you will find the security agencies doing things differently, separately and without understanding.

“And they have to come together to see how they can work together to achieve what is supposed to be done. The critical element of this insecurity is lack of synergy not only among the political class but especially among the security agencies.

“If security agencies will work together and carry out these operations simultaneously, believe you me, the way we know this area this thing (banditry) may not last more than six months to finish but unfortunately this has not been taken into consideration.”

In his remarks, the Kano State Commissioner for Information, Muhammed Garba, called for the deployment of technology and additional security personnel to the North-west region in order to ward off bandits and other criminals terrorizing the zone.

Earlier, the Katsina State Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Malam Abdulhamid Sabo, urged practising journalists to be objective and accurate in their reportage.

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