The Governor of katsina State in 2015 stated that “the essence of government is to secure the citizenry from foreseen and unforeseen eventuality” that is, he came into power with the basic self interest of the people of Katsina in his mind without a doubt.

The simplicity of the administration led to the possibility of collaboration between the Government and security agencies and also between the Katsina State Government and the neighbouring States that were equally immersed in the same cataclysmic situation which produced the State Dialogue/Amnesty Program and the Post Amnesty Strategy.

The Amnesty Programme was introduced in order to avoid killing/maiming of some innocent citizens through confrontation with cattle restless, hoodlums, and other security threats. The Government though it wise that dialogue is the only alternative means of conflict resolution.

This Amnesty Program was aimed to affect cattle rustlers, hoodlums and other imminent security threat in the state as it passed some stages which includes;

1) Secretary of the government of the state first meeting with repentance cattle rustlers his office

2) Secretary to the Government of the state led service chiefs to a meeting with repentant cattle rustlers

3) Constitution of the dialogue community committee by Government shared by the Secretary to the Government of the state with the service chiefs and other stakeholders as members.

Since it’s inception, the State Dialogue and Amnesty Program has made tremendous achievements which includes holding of meetings with the repentant cattle restless at the most affected front-line Local Government Areas, mobilization and enlightenment compaigns undertaken by the committee in all the Local Government Areas of the State, the release of 84 numbers of motorcycles impounded by the security agencies during series of encounters with the criminals which took place at Danmuse Local Government Area, the formation of 5 numbers of forestry groups which incorporated a representative of herdsmen and vigilante to assist the agencies in intelligence gathering and safeguarding the Rugu Forest where by the State Government purchased 50 motorcycles for use by the groups which were handed over to the groups at an event on the 18th day of April, 2017.

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er a positive result of the State Dialogue Amnesty Program the Post Amnesty Strategy came to life whereby provisions of social amenities and resettlement packages were carried out by the Masari Administration which serves as support and encouragement to the people who sold handedly surrendered to the State Dialogue and Amnesty Program

The Post Amnesty Strategy which is in collaboration with the federal government has fashioned out plans to revive the Rugu forest through provision of social amenities which includes roads, schools, veterinary clinic, dams and demarcation of stock amongst others.

To further appreciate the efforts of the State Government and the repentant hoodlums, the presidential committee on light weapons and ammunition visited the state and assessed the weapons surrendered by the repentant cattle restless. This visit was aimed at tracing the countries where the weapons were manufactured and also with a view to providing compensation towards provision of resettlement packages to the repentant hoodlums and cattle rustlers

So far, due to the relentless efforts of the Government in providing an uptight secured environment for the people of katsina state the outbreak of security threats have reduced drastically. Massari however maintains to emplace security measures for curbing the activities of imminent security threats in katsina state as he recently assisted the security agencies in repairing their operational vehicles to rusticate highway patrol and security operations

Director General
Ibrahim M Abdullah