Niger on Alert over Fleeing Armed Bandits from Neighbouring States
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has enjoined citizens to keep vigilant and be wary of some fleeing armed bandits fleeing from Zamfara and Kaduna states, who might want to seek refuge in the state, especially along the areas designated as grazing reserves.
He said the recent pounding of some hideouts of the armed bandits by the security agencies would almost certainly pose a serious challenge to other states because they have no other hiding place other than to spread all over the country and regrettably mix with and disguise as good people.
In a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, Governor Sani-Bello urged citizens to be watchful and not to harbor unknown strangers stressing that security issue is a collective responsibility of everyone.
“We are not unaware of reports that some of these fleeing miscreants are finding their way to some states far and near, therefore, it is our collective duty as citizens to keep our eyes open and report any suspicious character within our midst”.
The Governor disclosed that the state government, has proactively directed and mobilized all the security apparatus in the state to intensify search everywhere especially in those areas identified as ‘hotspot’ and or rural areas in which they might want to seek refuge.
He also used the opportunity to reiterate his appeal to traditional rulers, religious leaders and community leaders to be watchful, identify and, if possible, isolate any one who has link directly or indirectly with criminals in the state and report to appropriate authority.
Governor Sani-Bello, again, congratulated the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and other security agencies for their renewed attacks and gallantry against the bandits and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his relentless support to the security agencies.
Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary