Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, has directed the Nigerian Air Force to order officers and men of the force to flush out motorcyclists moving at night in the forests of Katsina State.
The governor gave the directive when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadiq Baba Abubakar, at the headquarters of the Air Force in Garki, Abuja.
The governor told the Chief of Air staff that the government had last week issued an executive order banning the use of the motorcycles in Katsina State from 7:p.m to 6: a.m.
He said motorcyclists seen at night in the forests must be shot at once as they constitute the real bandits.
Masari said since the executive order came into effect, cases of kidnappings had been reduced in the state.
He used the visit to thank and appreciate the air force for their contributions towards the fight against banditry, kidnappings, armed robbery and other criminalities in Rugu forests bordering Zamfara and Kaduna states.
Alhaji Masari recalled that since the establishment of the presence of the air force in Katsina and Daura, officers and men had been working day and night, stressing that they had established contacts with the locals to the extent that even before the knowledge of the state government, they were already in the air.
Responding, the chief of air staff expressed gratitude to Governor Masari for the visit, and expressed his support for the banning of motorcyclists at night, adding that the force would support measures aimed at dealing with banditry in the state.