By George Daniya

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called on security agencies in the country to adopt a holistic approach towards ensuring the safety of lives and property of citizens.

The governor made the call when he received a special team from the Defense Headquarters, Abuja at the Government House, Minna, the state capital, yesterday.

He stated that the adoption of a holistic approach by security agencies would provide a lasting solution to criminal activities in the country, urging the special team from the Nigerian Defence Headquarters, Abuja to include in their operations other states that share boundary with Niger state.

“You will have to add a holistic approach to your operations, ensure that you cover parts of Niger as well as other neighbouring states like Zamfara and Kaduna States to bring an end to banditry and other criminal activities,” he said.

Governor Bello noted that the bandits come to the state from neighbouring states to unleash havoc to border communities and go back, which he said is the main reason why there was the need for a combined effort between the affected states and the Nigerian Army.

He expressed optimism that with the right resources, technology and manpower, banditry and other forms of the criminality could be put to rest in the state.

The governor then commended the effort of the Chief of Defence Staff and other sister security agencies in the state for their effort towards curtailing criminal activities in the state.

Earlier, the head of the special team Air vice Marshall Tunde Awoyoola said they were in the state on the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff following security reports reaching them from the state.

The head of the special team who disclosed that more special forces would be deployed to Niger state assured that “the state will be rid-
off of criminal elements.”