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Masari bans NGOs from IDPs camps


Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State has warned Non-Government Organizations against going into any of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state under any guise

Masari who issued the warning on Monday at the Army Special Super Camp IV, Faskari, stated that “we will not allow these NGOs under whatever guise into our IDPs camps.

“We know that the fight against bandits and banditry is not over but we can handle our displaced persons adequately because we have sufficient food, clothing, shelter, and security for them while we strengthen efforts in restoring security for them to return to their respective homes.

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“We want the IDPs to return to their homes as soon as possible because leaving them at the camp is what is giving an opening for those wanting to prolong the banditry.”

While commending the military for their renewed effort in fighting the bandits in the North West, Masari said the government needs to take more kinetic and administrative actions that would completely end the menace.

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He lamented that the 1976 local government reforms had stripped district heads of powers to effectively intervene in such situations.

The governor, however, said that the state government had formed committees to revisit the Act in order to give powers to traditional rulers, from the district upward, with a view to sustaining the peace so far achieved.

Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who had led the governor on a tour of the camp where they were shown the capacity of soldiers and weapons for the onslaught to decimate the bandits.

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Buratai who was represented by the Army Chief of Training and Operations, Maj. Gen. Enoch Udo thanked the governor for the visit and support of the troops.

He assured that the Army would continue to push until banditry is completely eliminated in the North West zone