By Shola Adewunmi
The Katsina State Government have pulled out of a peace agreement negotiated with bandits killing residents and wrecking havoc in the state.
This was made known by the state Governor, Aminu Masari in an interview with BBC Hausa.
Masari said that the bandits had accomplices from Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger Republic.
He said “The armed bandits have betrayed our trust in them, following a peace agreement earlier negotiated with them, in our quest to find a lasting peace in the state.
” We chose peace dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the state and we have done our best; yet, the attacks continue.
“As a result of the peace agreement, the government banned vigilante groups and identified cattle routes and facilitated free movements of bandits to convey their livestock in the markets.
“The Federal Government has deployed more troops with at least five fighter jets that would work between Katsina, Zamfara and Sokoto. However, the security agents are complaining of (a) dearth of logistics to help them fight the bandits.”