Heads of security agencies were in Katsina state to meet with Governor Aminu Masari as part of efforts aimed at addressing the recent killing bedeviling the state and North-West part of the country.
The security chiefs led by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj-Gen Babagana Mungono (rtd) held a closed door meeting with the Governor.
Others that accompanied Mungono include Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu; Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Director General, Department of State Security (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Bichi, and Chief of Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Vice Marshal MS Usman.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Mungono said they were sent by President Buhari to have a frank discussion with Governor Masari on the security situation in the state.
The NSA assured that the security chiefs would not relent efforts until bandits ravaging parts of the state were overcome. He solicited for cooperation from the locals to build trust with security agencies in the fight against banditry so that government’s effort at tackling the situation would become successful.
The visit comes a day after a protest organised by the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), rocked the state capital over security challenges mostly perpetuated by ravaging bandits.
During the protest, CNG called on both President Muhammadu Buhari as well as Governor Aminu Masari to resign over their inability to give adequate security to people across the country, and state, respectively. But the leader of the CNG, Nastura Sharif has reportedly been arrested for organizing the protest. It was allege that Sharif was later moved to Abuja by the state commissioner of police.