Katsina State governor Dikko Umaru Radda has commended the Nigerian Army for its diligent efforts in combating insecurity across the state.
He spoke when he hosted the chief of army staff, Lt. General Taoreed Lagbaja, at the Government House in Katsina.
The governor also congratulated the army chief on his appointment and commended the officers and soldiers for their patriotism and dedication to addressing the state’s security challenges.
He acknowledged the support of the brigade commander in Katsina State, describing his assistance in managing and confronting insecurity as invaluable.
In a press statement issued by the governor’s chief press secretary, Ibrahim Kaula Muhammad, which was made available to journalists, the governor emphasised that Katsina State has long suffered from banditry, mainly due to its proximity to Niger and extensive forests that border about eight local governments.
In response, the chief of army staff expressed gratitude for the state government’s support and praised their efforts in organising the Community Watch Officers effectively, assuring that the army is ready to expand “Operation Hadarin Daji”, but requires planning and federal government intervention due to funding and resources needed.
He affirmed their commitment to combating criminal elements and recognised the state government’s deployment of cameras in the bordering local governments, which would aid the Nigerian Army in addressing security challenges effectively.