Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has lamented that despite rising insecurity in the state, only 30 policemen are deployed to man over 100 affected villages, describing the statistics as a gross deficit.
Masari made the disclosure in Katsina at this year’s Chief of Air Staff Eid-el-Kabir luncheon with troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and that of 213 Forward Operating Base.
The Governor revealed that his administration had initiated actions to amend extant laws with a view to enhancing the authority of village heads and local authorities for community policing.
Masari also called for a quick end to banditry and other crimes in the Northwest zone of Nigeria, warning that any delay in doing so may lead to a replay of the situation being experienced in the North-East in the zone.
“We have seen some traces that are alarming and frightening at the same time that we need to tackle before the North West become another theatre like North East,” Masari said.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadiqque Abubakar, in his address promised the troops that the govt. will diligently provide necessary tools to enhance their precise and effective prosecution of operations.