Gov Abubakar Sani Bello
The Niger state Government has reassured citizens of its resolve to fight banditry and other forms of criminality in the state, even as it commiserated with the families of the victims of attacks by bandits at Ukuru village in Mariga Local Government area of the state.
A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, quotes the state chief executive, as saying that “though tackling insecurity as it has to do with banditry, falls within the purview of all levels of government and all citizens, the state government has invested heavily in the fight against insecurity by supporting the federal government’s efforts.”
The statement further said: “Besides the numerous steps, including boosting the morale of the troops on the frontline, the Gov. Sani-Bello-led government has collaborated effectively with the President and Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, and security agencies saddled with the responsibility of maintaining the internal security of Nigeria.”
The governor said his heart bleeds for the dead, saying that it is not a hopeless case, as his administration in conjunction with the federal government and security agencies, has continued to fine-tune strategies for combating the menace.
He assured that with the recent procurement of fighter helicopters and other sophisticated weapons by the federal government, the war against banditry and other forms of security threat in the country will soon witness renewed vigour.
He urged the people to be vigilant and report suspicious movement or activities of those alien to their environment and communities to the security agencies for prompt action.
Gov. Sani-Bello had earlier this week embarked on inspection tour of Super Camp 4 Operation Sahel Sanity, in Faskari, Katsina state.
It would be recalled that 15 persons were reportedly killed at Ukuru village in Mariga LGA of the state, when bandits attacked the area few days ago.