Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State

By George Daniya

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and Chairman North Central Governors’ Forum has sued for calm amongst the people of the state, especially those areas affected by banditry activities as the government is determined to ensure the safety of lives and property of it citizens.

The governor re-iterated this while briefing journalists on the outcome of a security meeting held with the heads of security commands in the state at the Government House, Minna.

He expressed concern over the security situation around the state and considering the dimension it has taken, said certain measures have been identified that would help curb the challenge.

“I am deeply concerned at the turn of events and have come up with different measures to curtail it. We are taking concrete steps to make Niger State safer.” He said.

Governor Bello, however, attributed the recent banditry activities in Shiroro, Rafi, Mariga and Munya to the ongoing security operations in Kastina and Zamfara states, assured the people that government will do whatever it takes to improve on the security situation in the state.

“I want to assure Nigerlites that we will do whatever it takes and humanly possible to ensure the safety of our citizens”, he reassured.

Bello enjoined the people to cooperate with the security agencies by providing them with relevant intelligence and information that could assist in apprehending the criminals.

It would be recalled that recently, the North Central Governors and some of the governors of North West had, at a meeting, agreed to cooperatively tackle banditry and armed robbery with a view to bringing criminal activities to an end as well as restore peace to the affected states.