Masari Blames Attacks, Rusting on Illicit Arms from North, W/Africa


Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
The Governor of Katsina State, Hon. Aminu Bello Masari, has blamed the crises of Fulani herdsmen attacks and corresponding cattle rustling on the flow of illicit arms from the war-ravaged North and West Africa.

Masari disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, at a press conference organised in preparation for the forthcoming state economic summit, where he also explained that the military and the intelligent community are on top of the situation.

He noted that before the colonisation of Nigeria, there were routes designed for herdsmen, from the country through Niger Republic, Burkina Faso and other forests in the country.

The governor further explained that between June last year to February this year, the herdsmen had lost more than 700 cows, adding that the issue of cattle rustling is tied to arm robbery.

He said: “Initially when Boko Haram was around we found out there was a linkage, which we were able to break.
“This issue is because of the crisis in North Africa even West Africa. There is inflow of guns and ammunition, which I think the military and the intelligent community are already working hard to make sure that they address.”