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Insecurity: Katsina govt commences payment of monthly allowances to Muslim clerics



By Hannah Nathan, Warri

The Katsina State Government has announced that it had completed plans to grant special allowances to Friday Mosque imams, their assistants, Mua’dhins (prayer callers), and Ward Heads in order to support them in the struggle against insecurity.

However, Dikko Radda, the state governor, did not mention Christian clerics in the proposed allowance when he made this announcement following the inauguration of the Steering Committees for the Katsina Community Watch Corps, or KCSWC.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ibrahim Kaula-Mohammed, as stating that the committee would work with other security professionals to track out bandits around the state.

According to him, the council chairman, district head, divisional police officer, and representatives of other security agencies were all members of the steering committee for each of the state’s 34 local government areas.

Others, he claimed, include two business people and members of several religious groups.

The Governor added that the committee would keep an eye on and assess how the KCSWC operated in their regions and provide a report to the Commissioner for Internal Security every month.