The Katsina State Government has raised fears concerning this year’s elections in the kingdom.
The government said the insecurity in the kingdom might affect the elections.
The Secretary to the Katsina State Government, Mustapha Inuwa, in a recommend briefing on Friday, said the current security challenges bedeviling the kingdom might affect the conduct of the 2019 elections.
The most affected LGAs include: Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa and Dandume, entire sharing borders with the dreaded Rugu forest.
Inuwa said, “Certainly, whether you grant this object to persist, if you enjoy it or not, in some areas, it will affect the election.
“Like in the front line areas that you are talking approximately, in some of the polling units and wards, when you request an electoral officer or ad-hoc officer to recede, they might not recede.
“So we possess to shut the places prior to the election. And these we are trying to ensure we execute.
“The frontline affected local governments are Jibia, Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Faskari, Sabuwa and Dandume. The effect goes beyond that up-to Kafur. There was also report of case of kidnap in Zango.
“The number of citizens kidnapped in Katsina within six to eight weeks presently, I believed has been so much.
“If you glimpse at the put pen to paper of kidnapping we had prior to presently, this current number has overthrown the put pen to paper.
“So, is rarely sad; it is wretched and no any responsible government will grant this transpire.
“So, we decided to exclaim for that assembly, the assembly which His Excellency rightly said the kingdom is literally underneath siege by kidnappers.
“The meeting is to demonstrate further the concern of the Governor on the challenges we are facing, especially in recent times.”