Crime & SecurityNational SecurityMajority Of Bandits Are Fulanis -Governor Masari

KATSINA — The argument on the real identities of bandits that have been terrorizing residents of Nigeria, particularly the northern parts of the country have been revealed by Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State thereby laid to rest on the identities of bandits.

Katsina state is among the states that have witnessed a high level of insecurity due to the activities of bandits who have killed many residents and continued to abduct others for ransom.

Governor Masari while featuring on a Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’ on Monday claimed that the criminal elements who have plunged the entire nation into unusual security crisis are majorly Fulani herdsmen.

Masari said the elements have the same religion, language as himself, stressing that they have been living “with us for hundreds of years”.

“Majority of those involved in this banditry are Fulanis. Whether it is believable or not, that is the truth. These are people who live in the forest and their major occupation is rearing of cattle.”

“Bandits are persons who speak the same language as me. They profess the same religious beliefs as me.”

“These bandits are not aliens, they are people we know. They are people that have been living with us for hundreds of years.”

“The infiltration we have from some African countries and non-African countries, are people of the Fulani extraction.”

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)
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