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Katsina Govt Gifts N6m Cash To Families Of Security Agents Killed By Bandits



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On his part, the Katsina State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Musa, thanked the delegation for the condolence

The Katsina State Government on Thursday gifted a token gift of N6m to the families of four police officers alongside three members of the Katsina Security Watch Corps who were recently ambushed and killed by bandits in the Kankara Local Government Area of the state.

On this note, the state governor, Dikko Radda, directed that N500,000 be presented to each of the deceased police officers’ families and N1,000,000 each to the families of the deceased Katsina Security Watch Corps members.

The State Commissioner for Special Duties, Isah Mohammed Kankara, led the government delegation to the Katsina Police Command Headquarters, to deliver the gift and condole with the state commissioner of police and families of the deceased over the tragic loss, describing the situation as unfortunate and inhumane.

Kankara while delivering the gift of three million naira for the families of the four police officers who were killed on Sunday alongside two other officers who were also killed recently in Safana and Sabuwa LGAs, however, expressed worry that lives are lost daily in Kankara, Safana, and Danmusa local government areas.

He, therefore, acknowledged the commitment and dedication of the deceased officers in the ongoing onslaught against banditry, cattle rustling, and kidnapping for ransom especially in the frontline LGAs.

“On behalf of the state government, I am directed by the governor to come and condole with the command and families of the deceased. On every blessed day, we lost lives in Kankara, Safana, and Danmusa LGAs.

“As tradition has it, when an officer loses his life, a token gift is given by the state government to his family,” Kankara stated.

READ ALSO: Four Police Officers, 22 Others Killed As Bandits Attack Katsina Communities

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Victims of Banditry and IDPs, Saidu Danja, said that the state governor directed the delegation to ensure that the token is timely presented to the deceased officers’ families to enable them to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir with ease.

He, however, reacted to stories making rounds on various media platforms which he said were contrary to the official figure, stating that sixteen persons were killed and not otherwise during the recent Kankara bandits’ attack.

“The money is in the sum of three million naira for six officers killed while in active service. These consist of the recent four police officers killed including two other officers who were also killed recently in Safana and Sabuwa LGAs,” he said.

On his part, the Katsina State Police Commissioner, Abubakar Musa, thanked the delegation for the condolence visit, stating that he was highly touched by the incident.

He restated his commitment to tackling banditry, calling on other governors in the North-West to emulate Radda.

According to the commissioner, the banditry level in the state has come down reasonably as a result of the efforts by the state government and security agencies which is being propelled with prayers by the good people of the state.

“We have seen the passion of the governor and his executive council in addressing banditry. The governor really encourages us. People should continue assisting him with prayers.

“With the commitments, the attacks have come down reasonably due to prayers by people because farming was not possible but now, we thank God for the logistics support we are getting from the governor,” CP Musa added.

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