Katsina state bleeds again. Reports have it that suspected bandits ambushed members of the Nigerian Army on Saturday killing 16 and wounding about 28 people.
According to Premium Times, troops of the Special Army Super Camp 4 were advancing on foot in Shimfida in Jibia government Area of Katsina State at about 6:13 p.m. Saturday when the armed militants opened fire on them from a hilltop, military sources said.
For many weeks now, multiple attacks are staged by bandits in Katsina and a few other northern states with no seeming signs of abatement. Though there are protests and various calls by the people of Katsina, the president's home state, this continues almost a day .
We cannot keep losing citizens and soldiers to senseless bandits who only know the language of death and carnage. These reports are terrifying and sad. These recurring bandit attacks must stop. That these bandits could stage multiple attacks in multiple local governments within the state with none meaningful arrests is indeed troubling. the first role of the govt is that the security of life and property.
The situation in Katsina is proof that both the governor and president have failed in their all-important duty. Katsina state is indeed bleeding. Whatever pains they feel there affects the remainder of Nigeria. This insecurity challenge can't be excused on the pretext of fighting Coronavirus.
Just about fortnight ago, 15 farmers were killed by bandits in Katsina state. We wrote that the president needed to wake from his deep sleep. In times of trouble, we glance to our leaders for answers. If nothing changes, then we blame them for it. The president must desperately act now to revive security within the region.
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