Northern Governor splashes N300m on dogs to fight bandits

Banditry, insurgency and other forms of criminal activities may have overwhelmed the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari.
This is particularly so as some of his recent decisions taken by the governor are getting stakeholders worried.
One such decision was the purchase of dogs to combat Boko Haram that has been terrorizing the State at a whooping sum of N300 million.
An insider who confided in OpenLife disclosed that an American lady who is known to have been a close friend of governor Masari initiated the dog option.
She was said to have convinced the governor that dog security, as practised in the United States of America, is very effective.
The lady, who has known Bello Masari since his days as Speaker, House of Representatives, told the governor that the specially trained dogs have the capacity to smell insurgents many miles away.
The Katsina government appointee who pleaded anonymity including the lady’s identity said Governor Aminu Masari was further convinced that the dogs are trained to alert security agents whenever they smell criminals miles away. That would enable security agents to nip all criminal attempts in the bud within the periphery of schools in Katsina State.
Given that school children have been the soft targets of insurgents who kidnap and demand ransom, the governor was said to have bought the idea wholesale and coughed out N300 million for the purchase of the first batch.
The dogs, some of which have been deployed to schools look funny and skinny.
The State Commissioner for Education, Dr Badamasi Lawal Charanchi, who was brought into the deal long ago, has been going round schools for monitoring.


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