By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has expressed dismay over media hype on the security challenges in parts of the state and said it was being overblown.
He noted that the manner the security challenges in the state were being overblown by some media houses was not friendly or realistic just as he cautioned journalists against writing sensational and opinionated reports that portrays the state as ungovernable or a high risk area.
While condemning the renewed armed banditry attacks on some communities of Shiroro and Rafi Local Government areas of the state, governor Sani Bello in a statement by Mary Noel Berje, his spokesperson, expressed concern over the resurgence of attacks on communities by armed criminals.
He said the state government has solicited for the intervention of the federal government to detail more security agencies to the state to help in checking the sad development.
“Security operatives have been mandated to carry out a comprehensive onslaughts and manhunt on the criminals operating in the affected communities” he said.
He disclosed that in addition to the ongoing joint security patrols, the state government has appealed to the authorities in the Nigeria Army to establish Military Bases within the vast forest areas where armed bandits have seized and made their havens especially along the boarder areas with Kaduna and Kebbi states.
He said the state would allow the military to either establish it’s formation or a training camp within the areas to checkmate the unwholesome activities of men of the underworld hibernating there.
He noted that the bandits were at home in the forest areas by taking advantage of the vastness and difficult terrains of the forest to unleash mayhem on communities and thus keep the state government and citizens restless.
The governor hinted of plans to rework the security architecture of the state and also review security strategies along the troubled black spots in Rafi, Shiroro and Munya Local Government Council axis.
While sympathizing with the victims of the recent armed banditry attacks in Kukoki, Rafin Kwakwa, Rafin Wayam, Dogon Gurgu and Kusherki communities, governor Sani Bello said he has since dispatched a government’s delegation to the camp of the displaced persons in Kagara.
The state’s Emergency Management Agency, (NSEMA) has mobilized relief materials to assist the displaced persons settled in the camp.
Governor Sani Bello however appealed to the affected communities to cooperate with the security agencies in the area by providing credible intelligence that could assist security agencies track down the bandits.