The Niger State Government has raised a special security squad to confront bandits operating in the state. The group, which was launched in Minna, the state capital, on Monday, is to, among others, ensure the safe return of the pupils abducted on May 30 from the Tegina Islamiyyah School.
In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Barje, the governor explained that the outfit is made up of combined security personnel which would be deployed in Rafi Local Government Area without any delay.
While inaugurating the outfit, the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, noted that the time had come for the state to take decisive action once and for all in order to end banditry in the state.
“We will give you all the necessary support to enable you to implement all your security strategies to ensure safe return of our abducted children and others, if any.
We have tried our possible best not to make them succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives;they started by displacing farmers from their farmlands, next they moved to burning farms. Then, they moved to kidnapping and forcing us to close our schools. Now they have started attacking Islamic schools. Only God knows what is next.”
Governor Bello promised that members of the squad have no reason to worry as necessary logistics are already in place for unhindered operations. He added that their allowances and other financial benefits would always be provided as and when due.
“I mourn the killing of 20 vigilance corps members by the bandits in Magama Local Government Area,” he said.
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