Katsina Villagers Worried as Bandits from Zamfara Move Into their communities
Reportedly, hundreds of terrorists, including a notorious bandit named Ɗan-ƙarami, have relocated from Zamfara to areas between Safana and Batsari Local Government Areas of Katsina State. Villagers claimed that the terrorists moved to Katsina to escape the military’s ongoing onslaught in Zamfara. They are said to have teamed up with another notorious bandit, Usman Moɗi-Moɗi, to terrorize residents of the area. The terrorists are heavily armed, and they moved into Tsaskiya, Runka, Gora, Labo, and other communities in the two local government areas with many herds of cattle.A reliable source informed the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that about a thousand terrorists came on approximately 300 motorcycles and spent Saturday night in Labo village. The terrorists spread in at least five villages on the fringes of Rugu forest between Safana and Batsari, as well as part of Zamfara. The source is unsure if the bandits are on transit or setting up a new base in the area.The villagers have appealed to the military and Katsina State Government to respond promptly and deny the terrorists any space to operate. A community leader told NAN on condition of anonymity that some villagers have started relocating to avoid being caught up in the impending disaster. The community leader urged the military to deploy its land and air assets to decimate the terrorists before they wreak more havoc.When contacted, Ibrahim Ahmad-Katsina, Special Adviser on Security to Gov. Aminu Masari said only the security forces could comment on the matter. However, the Spokesman of the Police Command in the state, CSP Gambo Isah, said that they were investigating the veracity of the information.