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Terrorist attack: CSOs tell FG to justify security spending

On Wednesday, the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations in Katsina State demanded that the Federal Government demonstrate the value of the funds allocated to security by guaranteeing the protection of Nigerians’ lives and property.

In response to the murder of the Dutsinma Area Commander, ACP Aminu Umar, on Tuesday during a gunfight with terrorists, the coalition made the demand.

The coalition expressed regret at the passing of the Police Area Commander in a statement issued by its Katsina Chairman, Abdulrahman Abdullahi, and insisted that the episode clearly demonstrates Nigeria’s security system’s shortcomings.

The statement read, “It is disturbing that government’s inability to provide our security men with working tools and chase bandits to their enclaves is continually resulting in loss of gallantry Officers like ACP Aminu Umar and other innocent Nigerians.

“The bandits are gradually becoming stronger and bold by the day. The fight should be taken to their enclaves using land and air forces. But unfortunately, the airforce and army are not striking with the needed force. You will see fighter jets flying in the sky but when you ask for casualties you can’t see any. Bandits are attacking innocent people a few miles away from military bases but no intervention.

” Money is spent on a daily basis for security but the situation is worsening every day. It is high time the President and the National Assembly should begin to query why there is no commensurate results to security investment. This senseless killing must stop.”

Both senior police officers and the rank and file, who were primarily from the Katsina command, attended the solemn Islamic burial.

The Area Commander and an unknown officer were slain in the course of duty, according to Command spokesman Gambo Isah.

He said, “On Tuesday, 06, July 2022 at about 11.30 a.m, a distress call was received that terrorists numbering over three hundred (300), on motorcycles, shooting sporadically with AK 47 rifles and General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG), ambushed ACP Aminu Umar, Area Commander, Dutsinma and team, while on clearance operation of recalcitrant bandits/terrorists, in Zakka forest, Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.

“Consequently, the Area Commander and one other gallantly lost their lives during a cross-exchange of gunfire.”

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