The Niger State Government is to partner with Security agencies in Nigeria for counter terrorism activities affecting parts of the State.
The Governor of the State Alhaji Abubakar Bello who mentioned this during a visit to the communities recently attacked by insurgents in Shiroro local Government area of the State said the activities of the bandits must come under control.
“We would beef up security in the contiguous areas, unfortunately, access to these areas is almost impossible because it is mostly rocky but we have been able to send security personnel there so that the local people can go back to their various homes,” Governor Bello stated.
He said he understood the fear of the people in returning home but assured them of their safety once they are home.
“I saw a few with gunshot wounds, about 37 have been killed, 27 are still with gun shot wounds.
“I do not blame them for being scared but I think we have sent enough troops to these communities to provide adequate security for the time being while we look at the comprehensive plan for providing more security,” he explained.
Governor Bello said some informants in respect of the attacks have been caught.
He promised that the Government would make sure they faced the wrath of the law urging people to always give useful information to the security agency as they know the terrains better than the security agents.
The Acting Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA Abdullahi Tanko said the situation in the attacked communities was currently under control as everywhere is calm.