KATSINA – Working journalists and other media professionals in areas troubled by armed banditry have been urged to give adequate coverage to the efforts of the security agencies in combatting the various crises across the country.
The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this assertion at an expanded security consultative meeting attended by Governor Aminu Bello Masari, all heads of security agencies, Emirs of Katsina, Daura and District Heads held at the Government house on Tuesday.
Mohammed expressed dismay over the level of coverage given to the activities of armed bandits, kidnappers, insurgents and other criminal groups, describing it as an impetus to insecurity.
He noted that the measures recently deployed by the federal government which include the shutdown of telecom services in some frontline states and the review of security strategies are yielding desirable results.
The minister urged media organisations to avoid being used as the mouthpiece of armed bandits and insurgents by glorifying their activities through their reportage.
According to him, the positive reportage of the efforts of security agencies would serve as a morale booster and tasked security agencies to feed journalists with records of successes being achieved at the battlefield.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Bello Masari listed series of measures taken by the state government to curb banditry which include the showdown of village markets, motor parks, fuel stations, ban on GSM charging points and sale of petrol in Jerrycans and ban on sale of secondhand motorcycles in fifteen Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that the state government has inaugurated an enforcement committee to monitor compliance with these measures.
The Governor tasked security agencies to crush armed bandits and kidnappers totally to prevent a resurgence in the near future.
On his part, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman urged members of the international community and human rights groups to avoid depicting terrorists as victims with the aim of winning sympathy for them.
He also tasked the judiciary to always mete out appropriate punishments on criminals and publicize it to serve as deterrent to others.
The consultative meeting featured a session where journalists interacted with the Information Minister, heads of security agencies, district heads and other stakeholders on the way forward in curbing insecurity in the country.