Governor Aminu Masari has urged residents of Katsina, specifically in areas prone to banditry to acquire weapons and defend themselves.
Masari said it is morally wrong for people to submit cheaply to the bandits without any attempt to defend themselves, according to a statement by his media aide, Malam Abdu Labaran,
The governor said this during his visit to Jibia town to condole with the families of 10 people that were recently crushed by operatives of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) through reckless driving.
According to him, security is everybody’s business, pointing out that it is not the responsibility of the government alone.
“It is the people’s meek submission that emboldens the bandits to continue with their heinous activities with murderous frequency.
“People must divorce their minds from the mistaken notion that security is government’s sole responsibility alone,” Masari said.
Meanwhile, the governor assured that those killed by the customs operatives would not die in vain.
“Government is perusing all the necessary legal steps to seek redress for the families of the deceased as well as those who sustained various degrees of injuries”, he said.