Civil Society Organizations in state have pleaded with Katsina State Government to review the security containment order for efficiency.
Katsina Beat Thursday reports that, Chairman of the Coalition, Abdurahman Abdullahi, said masses are largely affected by the ban, especially on telecom service and transportation of firewood.
He however noted that in the first two weeks of taking the decisions, cases of bandits’ attacks in the state were minimal.
“The activities of bandit gradually began to resurge with more number of victims than before. This means the bandits have found new ways of defying these measures.
“Most the people in the rural areas especially, are complaining about the suspension of telecommunications service as the reason for the rising cases of banditry in the affected areas. We all know that bandits can now storm a community and undertake operation for hours without security personnel or vigilante members coming to the aid of the victims which is obviously necessitated by the absence of mobile telecommunications network,” he said.
On banning transportation of firewood, Mr. Abdullahi said the ban has caused hardship on people.
“People now cut trees in their immediate environment which will eventually lead to ecological issues. So, you can see that aside from the economic implications of stopping people engaged in selling of firewoods, we also have to contend with these ecological issues because by the time people cut all the trees in their environment, only God knows what Will happen.”
The Coalition urges security agencies and the government to strategize new means of tackling bandits collaborators who still supply fuel to the terrorists in the forest.