At least seven people were killed after bandits attacked several communities in the Kasai and Nahuta villages in the local government area of Batsari, in the state of Katsina.
A resident of Kurmiyal, a neighboring community, Sama & # 39; ila Lihidda, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a phone call on Saturday.
Lihidda emphasized that the bandits attacked the communities last night around 7 pm, when residents were preparing for the evening prayer, Magrib.
Although the police have not yet confirmed the incident, the resident said that "in the Kasai community alone, two people were killed and five in the Nahuta community, with several other injuries."
"Upon arriving on motorcycles, the bandits armed with firearms opened fire, firing sporadically into the air to disperse the people living in the communities of Kasai and Nahuta," added Lihidda.
When contacted, state police spokesman SP Gambo Isah said he had yet to confirm the attack.
“Okay, let me call Batsari’s DPO, I’ll keep you posted. Thank you, ”said Isah.
In recent years, Katsina, along with other northern states, has seen an increase in bandit attacks on villages, leading to calls for greater security for citizens.
Looking for a solution
On Thursday, members of the Northern Governors' Forum met to analyze the security situation in the region.
The conference call, chaired by the president of the Forum and the governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, remained under the backdrop of the recent attacks on communities in the northern states by Boko Haram and bandits among other criminals.
During the meeting, governors were concerned about the level of insecurity in the region and took steps to resolve the situation.
Among other resolutions, they agreed to create a permanent security committee in the North to promote synergies with security agencies in applying security measures in the region.
Kogi state governor Yahaya Bello was appointed chairman of the committee with governors Zamfara and Gombe, Bello Matawalle and Muhammad Yahaya as members.
Another committee chaired by Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, with the governors of the states of Adamawa, Niger and Sokoto – Ahmadu Fintiri, Abubakar Bello and Aminu Tambuwal, as members, was established in consultation with traditional, religious and community leaders in the region . North.
According to a statement by Governor Lalong's spokesman, who is also the forum's chairman, Dr. Makut Macham, the advisory committee would ensure that there is broader involvement in fighting insecurity in the north.
Governors also resolved to involve local guards, hunters and community surveillance groups in the region's security architecture to improve information collection, rapid response and sustained surveillance.
For this reason, they urged the Federal Government to carefully examine the ECOWAS Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, concerning the cross-border movement of pastors from other countries to Nigeria, particularly the North.
In praising security forces for their efforts to combat insecurity in the region, governors called for greater synergy to improve operations and help end the activities of bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and other criminals.
They also agreed to engage in dialogue whenever necessary, while taking military measures to address the various security challenges in the North.
In the recent attacks on communities, governors sympathized with the victims and called for calm to the groups and people affected.
They assured residents that the Forum, the state governments and the Federal Government were working together to control the situation and meet the humanitarian needs of the victims.
Governors asked the federal government to accelerate the Livestock Transformation Plan to help create jobs for farmers and herders in the region and the country in general.
They praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts to address the security situation in the country and the region.