Katsina Governor, Aminu Bello Masari said the bandits are having a field day recruiting young men to their fold with drug and a paltry sum of N5,000(Five thousand naira).
Katsina has been dogged by the menace of bandits with abductions and killing prevalent in the state.
Lamenting the worrisome situation when he received the Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba, at the Government House on Thursday the governor said the criminals are luring young men into their activities with as little as N5,000 and recreational drugs.
He explained that the state was under police.
His word, “Katsina State has a population of about eight million people and how many policemen do we have in Katsina State?
“From my assessment of policemen in the local government areas, I don’t think we have up to 3,000 policemen in the entire state. Let us assume that they are up to 3,000, what it means is that we have a policemen to every 200,000 people. How effective can that policeman be? Then, we come to arms and ammunition, what do the police have? And when it comes to modern equipment for combating criminality, how much of it do the police have?
“And the same thing goes for all other security agencies. They are in South-South battling militants, they are in the South-East battling IPOB, they are in North-East battling Boko Haram and ISWAP and insurgents and they are in the North-West battling bandits.
“Here, the bandits have infiltrated the communities recruiting young men with as low as N5,000 along with drugs and other intoxicants. We must stop the culture of not reporting criminals because of tribal or family affiliations.”