From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai has condoled and commiserated with the Sarkin Ruma and District Head of Batsari and the people of the local government over the recent armed bandits attack in which lives were lost in the area.
Buratai was represented by the Officer in charge of Training and Operation of the Nigerian Army headquarters, Major General Lamidi Adeosun during a sympathy visit.
According to him, the delegation was in katsina State to assess the level of achievements recorded so far in the fight against the armed bandits attack.
He said the Chief of Army Staff was concerned over what is happening, assuring the people of the area and the state that more will be done to address the problems of security challenges facing the area and the state at Large.
To vigorously put a stop to the menace, he said the Nigeria Army has transferred the Commander, 17 Brigade Katsina and replaced him to achieve desired results.
He however requested the people to assist the army with useful information on the hideouts of the Bandits, as the President had already given instructions and support to confront the armed bandits.
He commended the efforts and support of Batsari Local Government, the District Heads of the area and that of Wagini as well as their people for their bravery to end the activities of the Bandits.
Alhaji Mannir Muazu Rumah, the Transition Committee Chairman of Batsari Local Council, in his remark said with the full presence of the army, the people have begun to have faith in the capability of the army to confront the Bandits.
He appealed to the people to give the security personnel maximum cooperation and support to achieve success in their assignment of securing the area and the state in general.
Sarkin Ruma and District Head of Batsari, Alhaji Tukur Muazu, on his part, expressed appreciation to the Chief of Army Staff for the visit and called for the deployment of more security personnel to the area.
He also urged the people to expose anyone aiding and abetting the bandits to enable them deal decisively with the miscreants.
Highlight of the occasion was the hosting of the soldiers of the Batsari camp to a launch in celebrations of Eid-el-fitri and successful completion of the Ramadan period.