From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Traditional Rulers in Katsina State have demanded State Government to introduce life insurance for them in the event of becoming causalities of banditry attack in their communities.
The District Head of Funtua in the state, Alhaji Sambo Idris Sambo said the life insurance would serve as motivation and encouragement towards discharging their duties.
Idris spoke at a one-day workshop on ‘Operation and Practice of the Three Tier Traditional Security Structures in Katsina State for Local Government Administrators, Traditional Rulers and other critical stakeholders.’
He said the life insurance would take care of family of any traditional ruler that may loose his life in the hand of bandits or any incident related to criminal activities.
Idris cited example of killing of District Head of Yantumaki, late Atiku Maidabino by suspected bandits, saying that the family of late Atiku are not enjoying life insurance to take care of their needs.
Our correspondent learned that some traditional rulers have experienced attack by suspected armed bandits in their localities.
The situation, it was gathered, forced many of them to relocate from their local government areas to safer places.
It was gathered that a ward head of Birchi in Kurfi Local Government Area suffered untold hardship in the hand of bandit which led to his death.
Similarly, a village head of Yandaka in Batsari Local Government Area and that of Radda were kidnapped by bandits and later died as a result of injuries they sustained.
Meanwhile, the state government has amended Local Government Law of the year 2020 to restore power to traditional rulers and other critical stakeholders to deal with insecurity situation in their respective areas.
Already, government has organized workshops to enlighten them on the amended law for implementation.
Speaking at one of the workshops organized for traditional rules from Katsina Zone, the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumin Kabir Usman and his Daura counterpart, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk commended government for recognizing the traditional institution in tackling insecurity problem as it was a practice by the defunct Native Authority.
Usman and Faruk, represented by Kauran Katsina, Nuhu Abdulkadir Rimi called on the state Ministry of Justice and security agents to assist in implementing the amended law.
In his speech, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, called on the entire people of the state to assist the security in tackling insecurity problem, emphasizing that tackling insecurity is a collective responsibility.