Armed bandits (Google photo)
By Ahmed Usman
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has applauded successes by the Nigerian military against Boko-Haram and armed bandits in Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina communities, while also advocating for simultaneous and properly coordinated attacks to completely dislodge the criminals in Niger State.
He said that for the criminals to be completely annihilatd the military must extend the bombardment to Niger State.
Governor Bello in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, regreted the recent attack in a mosque, leading to loss of about 18 lives and the abduction of some people at Maza-kuka and Kaboji in Mashegu Local Government Area thereby causing rise in tempers in the affected communities.
Bello, who is the Chairman North-Central States Governor’s Forum (NCSGF), also condemned the abduction of no fewer than 30 travellers at Garun-Gabas in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
The governor pointed out that “When the armed bandits are overpowered in a particular state, they quickly regroup, re-mobilize and move to another state to continue their killings, abduction, maiming and destruction of properties”.
Bello said that offensives by the Nigerian Military in some Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna villages against the armed bandits forced the terror groups to move to some villages in Niger and Sokoto states.
His words: “The bandits run to other states once they feel the pressure of the military in a particular state. Look at what happened to us in Sokoto and Niger State recently. They invaded Niger State communities –
Shiroro, Munya and Rafi – upon being overpowered in Kaduna State”.