Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has said that “thirty policemen provide security for one hundred villages in the state”.
He said the state was looking at the extant laws on community policing with a view to giving power to village heads and local authorities and supporting current police efforts to improve the security situation.
Masari made the disclosure in Katsina at this year’s Chief of Air Staff Eid-el-Kabir luncheon with troops of Operation Hadarin Daji and that of 213 Forward Operating Base.
The Governor also called for a quick end to banditry and other crimes in the Northwest zone of Nigeria, warning that any delay in doing so may lead to a replay of the situation being experienced in the North-East in the zone.
He said, “We have seen some traces that are alarming and frightening at the same time that we need to tackle before the North West become another theatre like North East.”
The Governor insisted that “without urgent efforts to quickly tackle the bandits, the task could be more difficult”.
He expressed his appreciation and that of Katsina people to the Nigerian Air force over the role being played to address security challenges in Katsina and other states in the North-West.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadik Abubakar, in his address, told the troops “For the serving gallant personnel that you’re, we will continue to provide the necessary tools to enhance your precise and effective prosecution of operations.
“Recently, I also convened a committee to review improving the development and employment of the NAF Special Operations Force-panthers. All these are aimed at keeping you motive to be the excellent lethal force that NAF has become.”