Govt rues worsening insecurity in Niger


Bandits (file photo)

Niger govt re-strategises to end insecurity

By Mohammed Usman

Niger State government has expressed preparedness to restrategize on how to end killings in some local government areas in the state.

It also promised a mouth-watering reward for any one with useful information on the activities and movements of the terrorist groups.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noel-Berje, made the statement, while addressing journalists Thursday on efforts being made to secure lives and properties in the affected communities in eight local government areas.

She lamented that instead of improving, the security situation was devastating.

She recalled that the state government had established Security Situation Room, where credible intelligence information were gathered daily by security agencies for prompt and rapid response as part of the efforts to end insecurity, lamenting

that even with that, nothing much had been achieved.

Noel-Berje said, “The state government, through the Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security has announced reward for anyone who is ready to supply credible intelligence on the terrorists, their movements and activities”.

She pointed out that the activities of the armed bandits hibernating across eight out of the 25 local government areas of the state had caused a severe setback in government businesses as no meaningful development could thrive in crisis situation.

“We must acknowledge that the evil activities of these terrorists have brought setbacks in the actualization of government plans and programmes, including projects such as the multi-billion Naira Bobi grazing reserves, road construction and other on-going projects,” she said.


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