Banditry: Northern governors ban volunteers
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Following a five-hour security meeting yesterday in Katsina, northwestern state governors have banned the activities of volunteers known as ‘Yan-Sa-Kai.
This is contained in a communique issued by the chief host of the summit, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State at the end of the meeting.
According to the communiqué, any non-complying volunteer will be dealt with according to the law.
The communique further directed both the volunteers and Fulani to release all captives in their custody with immediate effect.
It added that Fulani are now free to go about their businesses and can interact with anyone provided they do not carry arms.
The resolution added that all the state governors will make a provision that will improve socio-economic condition of all the communities affected especially of Fulani ethnic stock.
The resolution has been unanimously endorsed by all the 11 state governors present at the meeting.
In his remark, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State said that there would not be movement of herders from the Northern part of the country to the South.
He added that the decision is to further the peace campaign the governors have embarked upon.
On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu described the meeting as a success, adding that he hoped the resolution would bring a lasting peace in the state.
“Bandirty does not pay. The freedom given will not be taken for granted. And whosoever refuses to comply wants to test the state and security agencies will be ever ready to deal with him,” Adamu said