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AN ACCOUNT OF THE BRITISH OCCUPATION OF KATSINA (1903)

“I took the road to Katsina with an escort of sixty men. The sultan, with throngs of horsemen, led us on our way for a mile or two, as is the custom with an honoured guest in Hausaland, and would hardly be persuaded to turn back. They thanked me profusely for all that had been done; and, indeed, I believe that their cordiality was not a mere assumption, and that they were not altogether sorry that the long expected crisis had come and gone, and were genuinely surprised and pleased at their treatment. Marching fast across the arid and often waterless tract of forest and sandy desert which lies between Sokoto and Katsena, we reached the latter on March 28,1903. The emir had sent me friendly messages, and we found that he had prepared his own house (Gidan Yariman Katsina) for our reception.” Lord Lugard

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