Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari yesterday prayed for the repose of the souls of victims of banditry in Batsari and other frontline local government areas.
Masari led the prayer after he and his deputy, Manir Yakubu, were sworn in at about 11.15a.m. for their second term in office by the Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar.
The event took place at the newly constructed “People’s Square” in front of the Government House in Katsina.
The event, which was low keyed as a mark of respect for slain victims of banditry in Batsari and other frontline local government areas, also had in attendance the Emirs of Katsina, Abdulmuminu Kabir Usman and the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, as well as the heads of scurrility agencies and federal parastatals.
Masari, while describing the security siege in the state as unacceptable, called for immediate action by concerned security agencies and prayers for the victims.
He said: “Let me seize this opportunity to once again express my heartfelt condolences to victims of the recent terrorist attacks at Batsari and Kankara Local Government Areas, where over 39 people lost their lives with more than 200 injured.
“This is an unacceptable tragedy for which I call for a special prayer here and now in memory and respect of our fallen citizens of Batsari, Kankara, Safana, Jibia, Dandume, Sabuwa, Faskari and Danmusa Local Government Areas.”
Masari assured the citizens of the state that his second term tagged ‘’Restoration agenda 2’’,will be carried out with utmost sincerity, fear of God and judicious utilisation of all available resources, human and material, to restore Katsina State to its lost glory .