Niger State, Armed Forces partner to curtail banditry

Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello

Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria  has pledged to collaborate with the armed forces of Nigeria in checkmating  armed banditry activities across the state.

The Governor of the State Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello mentioned this during the  Camp Highland Battle Inoculation of six hundred and thirty one Army Cadets of The Nigerian Defence Academy  held at the Nigerian Army Camp Dogon Fadama, Kontagora on Thursday.

Report Shows that Communities in Niger state in North Central Nigeria for years have been experiencing attacks by bandits and similar activities.

Governor Sani Bello who explained that Niger State has large Forests which have become hideouts for bandits emphasised the need for joint military exercises in Forests across the state to reduce banditry attacks , Cattle rustling and kidnapping .

He said his administration is ready to partner security agencies that will want to conduct extensive military exercises in the state.

“I know our resources are lean and I know this is a federal responsibility but because we are deeply in pains and we need to provide succour, it has become necessary that we partner the armed forces to secure our Forests.”

Governor Sani Bello of Niger State in North Central Nigeria, further explained  that provision of enabling environment for private sector participation will not only create jobs, but also guarantees security of life and properties.

“It has become necessary we do the needful by providing security and clearing criminal elements amongst us because all the clamour for investment will not yield much needled result if security challenges are not addressed and we need these investments so we can guarantee jobs as every citizen cannot be under government’s employment”.

The  Nigerian Chief of Army staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai  represented by the Director military Training Nigeria Defense Academy, Brigadier General Victor Onumajuru said the aim of the training is to give the Cadet basic experience of tactical manoeuvres carried out in Land operations.

Also speaking, the Commandant of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who explained that the ceremony marked the end of the training activities for the cadets, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his support towards the success of the training programme.