*Over 40 killed, many injured after terrorists ambush in Katsina village
The Special Adviser to Katsina State Government on Security Matters, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed, has disclosed that the state government is instituting a commission of Inquiry to investigate the factors responsible for the crisis that claimed over 41 lives in Katsina village on Thursday.
Ahmed, who disclosed this in a press conference in Katsina on Friday evening, said the government has given more support to security forces to dominate the scene at the edge of Yargoje forest in Kankara Local Government Area of the state and restore normalcy.
“The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, is concerned with the development and he has directed that a commission of inquiry, an investigation panel, be set up to identify the immediate and remote causes of the problem in order for us to be more proactive in addressing this type of challenges.
“The essence of this investigation is to know what caused the problem, who are those behind it and what led to this incidence,” he stated.
About 41 persons, mainly members of the outlawed Yansakai group, and some terrorists were killed at the outskirts of Yargoje forest on the fateful day after terrorists in their numbers, armed with AK47, ambushed the Yansakai group that mobilized themselves from about eleven villages in Bakori Local Government Area of the state in pursuit of the gunmen.
Ahmed, who cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, said besides bringing succour to the families of the victims and giving more support to security forces, the government will unearth circumstances responsible for the development and take appropriate action.
His words: “If there is a report of incidence of this nature, people should report to security agencies, seek their cooperation and go together and start operation.
“Definitely, the Katsina State Government is on top of the situation, normalcy is returning to the area and we are assuring members of the public that this incidence will, by special grace of God, be the last in this part of the country.”
Ahmed decried the clash as a “rude shock, very sad and unfortunate,” assuring that “this is one of isolated cases and security forces are on top of the situation.”