Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson on Monday says some traditional rulers in Katsina State are aiding bandits attacking villages across the state.
Shehu’s comment made on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme came a few days after bandits murdered Dikko Usman, village head of Mazoji, in Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State.
Reports say Matazu was murdered on Saturday while bandits invaded Mazoji village on motorcycles, armed with weapons.
The presidential spokesperson submitted that traditional rulers in the state help gunmen escape after attacks, shielding them from counter-attacks planned by the military.
“It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone but it is also true that even in the president’s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people,” Shehu during the programme.
He further added that the traditional rulers benefit from banditry and play a role in making it consistent.
“In neighbouring Zamfara, emirs and district heads, quite a number of them have been swept out of office. The thing is there are beneficiaries of whatever rotten system you have,” he said.
Shehu further argued that some have also engaged in providing the intel for bandits, disclosing that such actions frustrate the efforts of the military dedicated to fighting insurgency.
He particularly cited an instance in Zamfara State where he said a failed operation was linked to a possible leak to the bandits.