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Katsina killings: Banditry, terrorism now routine… FG seems helpless, says Atiku

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has accused the federal government of being nonchalant about the issue of banditry despite “enormous” budgetary allocations for tackling insecurity.

Atiku spoke on Tuesday in reaction to the killing of residents in Gidan Bofa and Dan Nakwabo, Kankara LGA of Katsina state.

Bandits were said to have attacked the two villages on Sunday afternoon.

The assailants killed 15 people in Gidan Boka village and another five in Dan Nakwabo.

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Abubakar Sadiq, police spokesperson in Katsina, said on Monday that the bandits also killed four officers — three inspectors and one corporal—as well as two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps (KSCWC).

Reacting to the situation via his X page, Atiku said banditry and terrorism have become routine in the country.

“I am saddened by reports of the attack on Yargoje village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State, which claimed scores of lives and the kidnap of vulnerable women and children,” Atiku wrote.

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“It is also sad that the bandits ambushed the police armoured personnel carrier responding to the distress call at Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages, killing four police officers and two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps.

“Most worrisome to me is that these acts of banditry and terrorism have become routine, with the government seemingly helpless and nonchalant about it despite the enormous annual budget for defence.”

The former vice-president called on the federal government to ensure the protection of citizens’ lives and property.

“While I sympathise with the families of the victims, I will once again call on the government to be alive to its responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the citizens,” he said.

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