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Katsina: Abducted schoolboys still alive in Zamfara forest – Gov. Masari


Masari denied the claim by Boko Haram that it was behind the abduction, insisting local bandits roaming Katsina and Zamfara forests were responsible for the abduction.

Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari has disclosed that the abducted students of Government Secondary School, Kankara were alive and currently in a forest in Zamfara State.


“They (kidnapped schoolboys) are in Zamfara forests, we have got the information,” he told BBC Hausa Service in an interview on Wednesday.

Also speaking during an interview with Channels Television, the governor said efforts were on to ensure that the students returned home safely, adding that discussions were on with the suspected abductors through cattle breeders association Miyetti Allah to ensure the students’ release.

He said, “It is not true that two students died. I was in school on Saturday and interacted with some of the students who escaped. They did not say any student died.

“I also interacted with the two students who also escaped later; they did not tell me any of the abducted students died or were killed. The news of the death was speculative. The number of students we have yet to account for is 334, although some students have gone to their parents directly.


“We are discussing through the leadership of MACABAN, Miyetti Allah, with those suspected to have carried out the abduction, and I had a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and heads of security agencies two or three hours ago.”

The governor stressed that his administration would not pay ransom for the release of the students.



Katsina State Transportation University To Be Ready By Sept. 2021 – FG


The Federal Government on Saturday said the Transportation University being constructed in Daura, Katsina State, will be ready by September 2021.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made the disclosure in Katsina during an inspection of the project.

The $50m project is a corporate social responsibility project of CCECC, the Chinese company handling the nation’s rail project.

Mr Amaechi explained that the Chinese company just got approval from the Katsina State Government as proper construction commences next month.

The Minister added that the CCECC will provide the manpower and technical skills for five years before the federal government will be able to take over.


The groundbreaking ceremony of the university was done by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2019, but the coronavirus pandemic stalled efforts on the project.

FILE: President Muhammadu Buhari (centre) was part of the groundbreaking ceremony of the University in December 2019.

A Courtesy Call
Mr Amaechi visited Katsina on Saturday with a team of consultants to pay a courtesy call to Governor Aminu Masari.

The Minister thanked the Governor for his support in making the project see the light of day.

In his response, Governor Masari thanked the Federal Government for the decision to establish the Transport University in Daura.


According to the governor, opportunities that come with education are limitless.

He assured the Minister of his administration’s commitment to making sure that the State remains hospitable to the project’s success.

Located in Sandamu Local Government Area in Daura Emirate, the specialised university will help the country build a retinue of competent railway engineers who can maintain and improve on the country’s new rail infrastructure, Mr Amaechi has said.

Amaechi also noted that about 150 Nigerians are presently studying in China through University scholarships paid for by CCECC


Insurgency: Don’t blame Buhari, fault Service Chiefs – Masari.


Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, on Saturday blamed Service Chiefs for the perpetuation of banditry in the state.

According to Masari, President Muhammadu Buhari has done all it takes to ensure security in the region.

He made the remarks while presenting a N10 million economic empowerment cheque to 1,000 women and N7 million scholarship support cheque to 701 students in the Rimi Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor said he couldn’t understand why they haven’t done more to help the region since they (the Service Chiefs) were all Northerners.

He also said the bandits are now camouflaging and living with the people.


“We know them and their parents,” he said. “To identify bandits in rural communities is not a difficult task, because you know his business, his farmland capacity, his livestock.

FILE: Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, speaks during a visit to an IDP camp in the state on June 28, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

“And if one day he buys a new motorcycle amounting to over N200,000 naira, then you must know that he is selling people’s lives.”

Katsina State has recently been a hotbed for banditry, along with other North-West states.

On August 10, bandits attacked the Kurfi area of the state and kidnapped a 13-year-old girl.

President Buhari has charged security leaders to do more in protecting the region.


Governor Aminu Masari meets Buhari over Katsina banditry


President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari.

Although the details of the meeting are sketchy as at press time, however, it may not be unconnected with the security challenges in the state, especially banditry that has led to the death of many people.

Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Governor Masari asked leaders of the country not to allow insecurity to overwhelm them.


The governor wants his colleagues in the north-western and north-central states to ensure that the security challenges do not deteriorate further.

A file photo showing Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari talking to President Muhammadu Buhari. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

According to him, efforts are being made to address the several threats in the region, assuring that banditry and other forms of criminality will soon be a thing of the past.

He also lamented that the two regions have vast forests and an unfriendly terrain especially during the rainy season making it difficult to move heavy military equipment.


Ganduje, Kyari, Dangote & Masari Grace IGP, Adamu Son’s Wedding. {Photos}

Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, was among the dignitaries that graced the wedding fatiha of Hassan, son of Muhammad Adamu, inspector general of police.

The IGP’s son tied the knot with Summayya Goje, his bride, on Saturday, in Abuja.

Other dignitaries in attendance at the wedding ceremony are Abba Kyari, chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man; and Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina state.


Northerners endangering their future – Masari

… illiteracy

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has warned that the high level of illiteracy prevalent in the northern part of the country may turn into an unmanageable disaster in the near future.

Reviewing activities of armed bandits operating in the area at a news forum in Katsina at the weekend, Masari lamented the rising population of bandits and their families in forests in parts of the north.

He described them as worrisome and dangerous ‘‘more so because they are lacking in any forms of education, Islamic or Western’’.

“We have problems now with the forest people because they have no education of any kind.

‘‘They do not have Islamic education and they do not have Western education because they have been abandoned in the forest and forgotten. “So these are the kind of children who have come up today, fighting us, fighting the society.

“If we don’t do more to address it, what will come out of the forest in the next 20 years compared with what we have today, will turn out to be like a child’s play.

“Due to lack of education, they only know one pleasure, which is pleasure of the flesh and that is why they keep on producing children in large numbers.

“I was told this evening that somebody can mobilise over 350 armed men from the forest and we are talking about 350 men without formal schooling, neither Islamic nor Western and they are all married and have children.”

Masari explained that the development informed the decision of his government to allocate 20 per cent of the 2020 budget to education, apart from funding expected from the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission.

He said: “that is why we continue to emphasise on foundation education, that is, primary and secondary school education. “We believe that once you have sound education at the primary and secondary levels, then you can be able to be a better craftsman.

“Not all of us have to be engineers, doctors and professors but all of us can have what we can do to support our lives, and we will do it better if we have a certain level of education. “Even an educated vulcaniser will do better than an illiterate vulcaniser. A meat seller who is educated will do better in the trade than someone who did not go to school.

Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari

“So, we have to move in and that is why it is important we restore normalcy in the forest by taking and take education to them there.”

Masari also listed the Almajiri issue as another source of concern, arguing that, “in Katsina, we have about 996,000 out-of-school children roaming the streets, according to figures from the United Nations.