Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor.

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina says his administration will help to import weapons residents in the state will use against bandits.

The state has been one of the places were banditry, described as a business venture, has been flourishing recently.

Mr Masari who in August called on citizens to rise and protect themselves with arms and ammunition has now vowed to help in the importation of the weapons which will then be used for self-defense by residents in the state.

He said by so doing, residents will be assisting security agencies which he claimed lacked the requisite to protect lives and properties in his domain.

Speaking at a media parley in Katsina on Tuesday, the governor said it was unfortunate that criminals easily have access to guns while law abiding citizens cannot protect themselves.

“This security is for everyone and there is no political difference,” BBC Hausa quoted the governor as saying. “What people should know is that in Katsina, you do not have 3,000 police [officers]. So, we call on anyone who can take up arms to defend themselves, himself and his family.

“Islamic law also allows a person to protect himself, his property and his family. If you die trying to protect yourself, you will be martyred.

“It is also unfortunate how robbers can get guns but good people do not have the means to protect themselves and their families.

“We will help those who want to import weapons because the people of Katsina need to support the security forces.”