Niger state governor dares armed bandits, says no more dialogue

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello: We will take the fight to the criminals

Niger state Governor and Chairman, North-Central Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has said that henceforth his government will no longer dialogue with armed bandits that have been terrorizing the state.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mary Noel-Berge, made available to Summit News, said Governor Sani Bello, made the disclosure when he received in audience, security chiefs led by DIG AbdulMajid Ali and AIG Zone 7 Hosae Karma at the Government House, Minna, the state capital.

Governor Sani Bello, described as most embarrassing the persistent attacks by the criminals, stressing that it was time to take the fight to them.

He condemned in strongest terms, the recent killings of security agents at Galadiman Kogo in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state, describing the loss of the gallant officers to the bandits as painful and unacceptable.

The governor said although reports about the unfortunate attack have been unclear, the suspects who master-minded the heinous crime would not go unpunished, as government would do everything lawfully possible to bring the bandits to justice and militate against future occurrence.

“We are working together with Governors of the Northwest states. Security agencies are making progress in tracking and identifying the locations of the criminals and, very soon, such locations will be verified and attacked.”

Armed bandits: No more dialogue

Governor Sani Bello, who acknowledged the support and collaboration of the local communities in the renewed efforts to defeat the bandits in the state, expressed optimism that the recent strategies or measures taken by the governors would bring an end to the menace.

He commiserated with the Army, Police and families of the gallant officers over the unfortunate incident, and prayed God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest.

The leader of the team DIG Abdulmojeed Ali, while expressing shock, had earlier told the governor that they were in the state to have first hand information on the attack carried out on their officers which led to colossal loss of lives.

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