Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State says banditry and kidnapping has lingered due to some residents serving as informats to the criminals.
Addressing a press conference at the Nigerian Army Super Camp in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State, the governor urged local communities work with security agencies by providing them with information that would completely end these crimes.
Gov Masari commended the armed forces for the anti-banditry war in the ongoing ‘Operation Sahel Sanity’ in Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto and Niger States.
The governor observed that the Local Government reform of 1976, weakened the traditional institution and rendered it ineffective in checkmating crime at community level.
He announced that the state government would carry out reforms in the local government sector to enable local authorities manage security matters.