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Gov Bello calls for unified operation against bandits

Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has suggested a unified operation against bandits-infested states to effectively rout them out.

He gave the suggestion in Abuja while speaking with State House correspondents after his meeting with President Buhari on the security situation in Niger State with regards to banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling.

The Governor said in January 2022 alone, the state had suffered not less than 50 attacks on over 300 communities, and the loss of about 200 lives.

He said Niger State was in a dire situation, noting that the 9 million hectare size of the state had given the bandits an edge in the fight against the state as they hibernate in unmotorable forests using motorcycles for their attacks, thus escaping onslaughts targeted at them.

Governor Abubakar Bello expressed optimism that with the new strategy evolved by the state, and the zeal exhibited by security forces deployed against the bandits, normalcy was expected in the coming weeks.

The Governor, therefore, suggested massive recruitment of security personnel, deployment of technology, and support to local vigilantes to completely rid the forests of such elements.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Muzha Kucha