Nigeria: Killing of suspected bandit informant sparks controversy in Katsina

Nigeria: Killing of suspected bandit informant sparks controversy in Katsina

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In the wake of the tragic killing of Alh. Hamza Abdullahi, a former Caretaker Chairman in the Zakka community of Safana Local Government Area, Katsina State, divergent views have emerged regarding the motive behind the incident. Alleged to be an informant to bandits, Abdullahi`s death has left his family in a state of mourning and uncertainty.

Local reports suggest a potential link between the recent surge in attacks on suspected collaborators or informants aiding bandits and the actions of the Katsina Security Watch Corps. The community has been grappling with persistent security concerns, evident in the recent abduction of a resident`s son, demanding a hefty ransom for his release.

While the late Speaker’s family pointed the finger at the security guards and claimed their involvement in the tragedy, other members of the community showed solidarity and support for the state government’s efforts. Residents expressed relief and improved security with the presence of the corps and appreciated the efforts of Governor Malam Dikko Radda in establishing the Katsina Observation Mission.

Malam Yakubu Abubakar, a resident of Zakka community, said: I feel much better now. Having her inside Zakka helped us fall asleep easily, even though her eyes weren’t completely closed. “However, I would like to thank His Excellency Governor Mallam Dikko Radda for having the courage to establish the Katsina Watch Corps.”

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