Katsina: Traditional rulers warn residents against aiding smugglers

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The district heads of Mani and Mashi, in Katsina State, Alhaji Umar Babani and Alhaji Kabiru Aminu, respectively, have warned their subjects against aiding and hiding smugglers in their communities.

They gave the warning during a with officials of the Nigeria Service (NCS) on Wednesday in Fadi Gurje village, Mani Local Government Area.

On his part, Babani, who is also the Durbin Katsina said that the was to discuss and resolve the differences between NCS and people of the communities.

He recalled an incident that recently occurred at Fadi Gurji village where some operatives allegedly shot an innocent person while chasing some suspected smugglers.

“You allowed the smugglers to pass through your communities, that is why such things are happening.

“If you did not give them the chance to come through your areas, while you know they are operating illegally, you will not see the officers in your areas.

“Therefore, there is need to understand the functions of the and stop attacking them while carrying out their national assignments.

“As traditional rulers, you are our priority, but that would not allow us to ignore our responsibility in ensuring the development of the state and the country in general,” Babani said.

He noted that what was happening between the public and the security operatives was as a result of misunderstanding of their statutory duties.

On his part, Aminu, who is also the Iyan Katsina said if such a could be sustained, it would bring an end to the existing misunderstanding between the officers and the public.

He commended the Katsina command of the NCS for paying the hospital bill of the injured person.

Aminu however, called on them to always be careful while discharging their duties.

He appealed to the residents to always respect the work of the officers and provide them with credible about criminals.

Speaking on behalf of the NCS, Mr Baffa Musa, Deputy Controller, Administration, said the meeting would assist in encouraging them in discharging their duties.

“The command has organised series of consultative meetings and sensitisation of border communities on the power and rights of the customs,” Musa said.

He sympathised with the family of the victim and the people of the area over the shooting incident, saying, investigation was still going on.

“We have three units operating along the border routes, apart from our Katsina command, we have a Kaduna zonal office and also a border drill.

”The NCS has the power to search and investigate a suspect even without a warrant,” Musa said.