Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu has accused rulers in Katsina State of aiding bandits attacking villages in the state.
According to the Cable, Shehu made the comment on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television on Monday.
This is coming few days after bandits murdered Dikko Usman, village head of Mazoji, in Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Shehu said that traditional rulers in the state help gunmen escape after attacks, shielding them from counter-attacks planned by the military.
“It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people,” Shehu during the programme.
He further added that the traditional rulers benefit from banditry and play a role in making it consistent.
“In neighbouring Zamfara, emirs and district heads, quite a number of them have been swept out of office. The thing is there are beneficiaries of whatever rotten system you have,” he said.
Shehu further argued that some have also engaged in providing the intel for bandits, disclosing that such actions frustrate the efforts of the military dedicated to fighting insurgency.
He particularly cited an instance in Zamfara State where he said a failed operation was linked to a possible leak to the bandits.
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“At some point, the Nigerian Air Force had to put a number of aircraft in Katsina, they are still there. In the early part of that operation attacking Zamfara which then was the epicentre.
“They realised that once aircraft took off from Katsina airport, before it got to Zamfara for operation, telephone calls would have been made and targets would have disappeared. In the end we were forced to be flying from distant places like Kaduna and Kano in order to undertake operations in Zamfara,” he said.