Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State said the ban on telecommunication services in the remaining seven affected Local Government Areas will be lifted before January 2022.
Masari made this known on Tuesday while speaking with reporters at the Government House in Katsina, the state capital.
Naija News reports that the state government lifted the ban on telecommunication services in 10 out of the 17 LGAs in the state due to the reduction in bandits activities.
Speaking further, Masari urged residents to do their best to protect their areas from bandit attacks and commended the efforts of all security agencies for fighting bandits.
Masari appreciated vigilante groups in the state, saying that the vigilantes travel from one community to another with the aim of protecting the communities.
The governor also advised people to defend their communities and to also give the security agents all the necessary support, especially by providing them with correct information on criminals.
He urged the people in the various communities to support the local vigilance groups with the necessary weapons so that they could defend them in the event of an attack.
Recall that Masari had said that banditry must be defeated collectively across the affected northern states before 2023 when the tenure of the various administrations will come to an end.
The governor, who gave the assurance while signing the state’s 2022 approved appropriation bill, said no going back in the fight against bandits.
According to him, the bandits are well known in their communities and should be fished out.
He had said: “We must prepare to fight back as individuals, to fight the bandits because they are evil and they represent evil. We should not retreat in this fight.
“We took over under serious threat of security in 2015, and by God’s grace, we will not hand over this country to the next generation of leaders under this condition. We must restore normalcy.
“We inherited the government with the security challenges and we must end it and hand over the state to our successors without the same problem. We must control and dominate our environment.
“There are two advantages that we have, numbers and technology. When you put the two together, we will restore normalcy. It is not beyond us to do that.”
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