Niger govt.vows to end armed banditry in the state

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Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello,

The Chairman, North Central Governors’ Forum and Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello, said Tuesday that the state government will take drastic action against armed bandits operating in the state as amnesty offered them has failed.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Sani Bello, Mary Noel-Berje, made available to SummitNews, said the governor stated this when he interacted with media practitioners shortly after a meeting with COVID-19 Taskforce Committee in the state, and other stakeholders at the Government House, Minna.

“It has become clear and obvious that the amnesty programme for some of the bandits is not working,” he stated.

He said the state government must assert itself to its responsibility by using whatever means available to end the bandits’ nefarious activities as they have tolerated their recklessness for a long time now.

According to him, all civilised approach engaged by the government, even providing the bandits’ with a way of life to stop their activities has hit the rock.

Armed bandits

Gov. Sani Bello, who decried the way and manner the bandits have continued to unleash mayhem on the communities, noted that the objective of seeing banditry end and people provided with a safe environment for normal and economic life to thrive is not in sight as banditry is continually increasing with perpetrators denying the locals access to their farms due to incessant attacks and cattle rustling.

This he said if not checked and stopped, will lead to severe consequences…

“The danger here is that the bandits have refused to let our local people, our farmers to operate…we are heading towards famine and starvation,” he said.

He said that a teleconference is being organized with the governors of Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kaduna, Sokoto and Katsina states that share common boundaries, and are being terrorized by bandits to review stands and come up with a policy on how best to end bandits havoc within the shortest possible time.

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