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FG vows new strategies against banditry, kidnapping


Kashim Shettima

Vice-President Kashim Shettima, emerging from a closed-door meeting with former President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State, pledged the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing new strategies to address security challenges in the country.

Shettima, accompanied by a powerful delegation, conveyed the government’s determination to spare no resources in ensuring the restoration of security in all parts of the country.

The Vice President, leading a delegation of government officials, paid a condolence visit to the people and Government of Katsina State, expressing solidarity in the face of heightened terrorist activities.

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Shettima emphasized the government’s dedication to safeguarding lives and property, stating, “The government will leave no stone unturned, will expend whatever resources that are needed to safeguard the lives and properties of citizens.”

He further assured the public that the Tinubu administration remained committed to fulfilling its campaign promises despite the ongoing economic crisis. Shettima called for continued support from all Nigerians and vowed to address the security challenges posed by armed banditry and kidnapping.

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The delegation, including Ministers Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Abubakar Kyari, also met with the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, and the Emir of Katsina, Dr. Abdulmumin Usman, during their visit.

The meeting followed a protest by residents of communities in Kurfi Local Government Area, who blocked the Dutsin Ma – Katsina highway to express their dissatisfaction with incessant terrorist activities in their area.

Governor Dikko Radda addressed the protesters, pledging to continue the fight against terrorists in the state.

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The security situation in the North West, particularly in states like Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi, has been a persistent concern.

Despite the unrelenting efforts of security agencies, the wave of banditry is yet to be completely controlled, with gunmen exerting influence over socio-economic affairs in many communities.

Farmers are often required to pay protection levies to access their farms, contributing to the displacement of residents and hindering agricultural activities.