The Governor of Katsina State, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda, recently emphasized the need for increased military presence in the state during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Gwabin Musa, at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) in Abuja.
Dr. Radda expressed his gratitude to the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for their invaluable support in combating insecurity in Katsina State. However, he called for further financial assistance to enable the military to effectively carry out their duties. The governor also took the opportunity to brief the CDS on the efforts made by the state in addressing crime through the establishment of the State Community Watch.
The State Community Watch consists of dedicated individuals, including youth and local residents, who collaborate with the military to fight crime. Noting Katsina State’s close proximity to Niger Republic, Dr. Radda stressed the importance of heightened military surveillance to prevent any potential security breaches.
In response, Gen. Musa expressed his gratitude to the governor for his visit and assured him of the military’s unwavering commitment to combating insecurity, not only in Katsina State but throughout the country. He commended the governor for establishing the state security outfit, recognizing its potential to significantly reduce insecurity. Gen. Musa also encouraged other states to adopt similar initiatives, as this would facilitate a collective effort in tackling crime nationwide.
Furthermore, the Defence Chief emphasized the necessity for states and the military to collaborate closely in order to effectively combat insecurity across the country. By establishing a common ground, both parties can enhance their ability to thwart criminal activities and ensure the safety and well-being of Nigerian citizens.
Governor Radda’s visit to the CDS highlighted the importance of increased military presence in Katsina State and emphasized the need for adequate funding and surveillance measures. The governor’s efforts, along with the support of the Armed Forces, aim to curb insecurity and promote a safer environment for all residents of Katsina State and the wider nation.