—JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS GROUP DISPATCHED TO AFFECTED AREAS
… AS GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR CALM IN ERENA, KUTA AND KAGARA AMIDST ANXIETY AND FEAR
By Tony Okechukwu
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has again, condemned the renewed armed banditry attacks on Kukoki and other communities of Shiroro and Rafi Local Government Areas of the State.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Mary Noel Berje, the Governor expressed concern over the unfortunate attacks, adding that air and land surveillance by security personnel have been deployed to the areas to fish and flush out the bandits terrorizing the communities.
The Governor, who noted that the criminals are taking advantage of the vastness and difficult terrain of the forestland to unleash terror on innocent people, said that the State Government is fully supporting the Joint Security Taskforce to chase the armed bandits out of the State.
He further reiterated that the menace of insecurity in the State is made more difficult because bandits are crossing over from neighboring States of Zamfara and Kaduna into Allawa and Erena axis and from Brini-Gwari adjacent Kamuku National Park.
While sympathizing with the victims of the recent armed banditry attacks in Kukoki and other communities, Governor Sani Bello called for calm in Kagara and Erena towns particularly and enjoined the people to go about their legitimate businesses.
He appealed to the affected communities to cooperate with the security agencies in the areas by providing credible intelligence that will uncover the hideout of the bandits, stressing that the issue of security is a collective responsibility.
The recent affected communities include; Kukoki, Manta, Mangani and Gurmana which has led to the loss of lives and property.