Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina has disclosed his government readiness to support residents who are willing to procure weapons to defend themselves against attacks.
This is coming amidst surge in the activities of bandits which has led to kidnappings and killings of residents in the state.
Speaking at a media parley in Katsina on Tuesday, the governor said it is unfortunate how criminals get guns but “good people do not have the means to protect themselves”.
BBC Hausa quoted Masari as saying: “This security is for everyone and there is no political difference. What people should know is that in Katsina, you do not have 3,000 police [officers]. So, we call on anyone who can take up arms to defend themselves, himself and his family,”
“Islamic law also allows a person to protect himself, his property and his family. If you die trying to protect yourself, you will be martyred.
“It is also unfortunate how robbers can get guns but good people do not have the means to protect themselves and their families.
“We will help those who want to import weapons because the people of Katsina need to support the security forces.”