Augustine Okezie, Katsina
Emir of Katsina Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman has told the Judiciary, the courts and members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to forgo granting bails and according human rights status to arrested bandits.
According to him, heinous crimes should be unbailable and deserves stringent punishments.
The monarch, who spoke during a town hall meeting on banditry organised in honour of the visiting Minister of information and Culture Lai Mohammed to Katsina State, said handling bandits with kid-glove would escalate rather than eradicate their menace.
He queried: “How can I dialogue with a murderer, pay ransom or pity a heartless soul who killed, maimed and raped innocent women at will, by granting him bail and according him human rights”
“Ensure that bandits and criminals are not set free and that they should be killed if they deserved killing, all hands must jointly be on deck to fight the menace to the end.
“Now that we have a kind-hearted governor in our midst, who has been working round the clock to restore peace and tranquility in our dear state, the Federal Government must, therefore, support his efforts 100 per cent to ensure that security come to stay in our state.”
The emir commended the state government for authorising the security containment order which he believed is the best way to go that will greatly mitigate the activities of bandits and their collaborators in the state.
The monarch also berated those criticising Masari’s newly introduced security measures, saying those castigating his measures are now working with the active support and cooperation of traditional rulers in the state.