Governor Aminu Bello Masari has voiced his uncertainty over the workability of the Amotekun styled security arrangement in the North West especially in his state Kastina because according to him it is difficult to replicate a uniformed security agreement such as obtainable in the south-west which has achieved so much in the past few months since the got established in the south-west states, for it to work in the region would be really difficult adding that security is a ‘’federal responsibility’’, which only the federal government can effectively handle properly.
Masari who spoke solely to The Nation, in a consultation at his Government House residence in Katsina further argued that no one state in the region can make a law for another adding that each state must make its own law, and this might lead to different problems, in the long run, when cases that involve two different states can’t get solved because they belong two different security organization, hence there is lack of uniformity of laws in the area.
He said ’’here, we have each state government incorporating its peculiar state security agreement s of which in Katsina, we already had KATROTA but it is not yet functional they are many things to do for it to work properly, which the state house of Assembly has passed into law but the need for a structure made us send it back for the amendment because what we had on the ground as the structure was too ambiguous.
‘’So also kano has a security outfit, same goes for Kaduna and other states remembering gone form of the security structure in their states or the other, rarely there is no independent security outfit for the entire North West because you know security is under restricted list, it’s totally a federal reserve but we are coming out with laws creating some form of security structure at the state level but in reality, it is a federal responsibility.”
On the present state of insecurity in Katsina State, the Governor identified the missing link to be poor security architecture, particularly at the grassroots in terms of having regular Policing or 24-hour security existence, in the rural communities and the villages that will readily confront the bandit whenever they strike at whatever time of the day in the rural area, putting in mind what is totally going on in the state, the kidnapping and killing and again protest in most northern region part.
He added; ‘’an average Local Government Area have 28-38 policeman and there are 100 villages, and how do we police this local government of security presence. The security architecture we use to have in the villages than was championed by the traditional institution, then they were very strong and the villagers were cooperating, but are they strong now?”
- He further traced the current weak security infrastructure at local levels to poor implementation of past Local government reforms, where advocates of Local Government reforms incorporated expected roles by villagers and ward heads, in the provision of local security.
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