Katsina state born legal practitioners in Kaduna have charged Governor Aminu Bello Masari to help secure the release of all residents of the state kidnapped by suspected bandits terrorising the state.
Spokesman of the legal practitioners, Barrister Samaila Abdu, made this known to the media in Kaduna while lauding the release of another batch of 30 victims of kidnappers by suspected bandits.
Abdu said as indigenes of Katsina state, they were excited with the new development in the security sector of the state, noting that there can’t be development amidst rancour and insecurity, so the move by Masari to restore peace and security of lives and property to the state is commendable.
He, however, warned politicians to stop politicising the security challenges in the state, while urging Masari to persuade the kidnappers to release victims they held in captivity to shows that the negotiation is working in the interest of the people.
Governor Masari had told the released victims that government would continue to persuade the suspected bandits to release more of the kidnapped victims until there was none in their custody.
It will be recalled that Masari recently received another batch of 30 kidnapped victims released by suspected bandits. Eight of the victims are from Kankara local government area of the state, while 18 are from Shimfida in Jibiya local government area.
One of the repentant bandits, who brought the victims to Katsina state government house, explained that the victims were hitherto held at Dansadau forest in Zamfara state.
One of the victims, Zinatu Sani from Kankara told journalists that she was abducted from her matrimonial home with two of her children. She said that the bandits initially demanded a ransom of N20 million which was later reduced to N6 million, which she said her family couldn’t pay.
She said the suspected bandits used to give them raw rice to cook with only water and salt. Sani said that they slept in an open space for 55 days whether it rained or not, adding that there were still a lot of people in captivity inside the forest.