Governor Bello Masari of Katsina State, has blamed kidnapping and banditry on the influx of criminals from some North African countries.
Masari who disclosed this in Katsina yesterday, said kidnapping and banditry started from cattle rustling.
The governor also noted that insecurity in the North was due to lack of education.
He, however, said efforts are ongoing to tackle insecurity in the region.
Masari also lamented that banditry and kidnapping had prevented farmers from accessing their farmlands.
“Unfortunately, what we met as cattle rustling has turned into banditry and insurgency which are depriving people, especially those living in the border area of the forests which are very fertile, from access to their farms, drastically affecting their source of livelihood.
“They have lost their ploughing cattle which they used to plough the land. This has caused another challenge to our ‘Restoration Agenda’ in Katsina, but we thank God that we can continue,” he said.
Several people have been killed in the North due to banditry and kidnapping.
These bandits have marked schools and religious centres as their primary target.