Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has raised the alarm that some highly placed personalities are working as informants to bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers terrorizing some communities in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that in recent times, about five local government areas, including Rafi, Shiroro, Mariga, Lapai and Munya, have suffered serial attacks by the bandits who stole, maimed and destroyed properties running into millions of naira and causing thousands to flee their homes for safety.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, in a statement on Thursday, quoted the governor as saying that such sabotage is directly responsible for the inability of security agencies to completely overrun the criminals in the state.
“This is a very serious challenge to us because the bandits are working with some highly placed members of the affected communities who give them vital information thereby aiding them from been tactically isolated and overrun,” Mrs Noel-Berje quoted the governor as saying.
Governor Sani-Bello, therefore, urged the people to support government in the fight against the bandits by reporting persons they suspect to be aiding the bandits and to also provide useful, prompt information to the security agencies.
The governor also identified the state’s landmass and vast forests as one of the biggest challenge, stressing that the bandits have capitalized on the thickness of the forests to rustle Cattle and kidnap people in the affected areas.
“I can assure you that all hands are on deck to ensure that we provide safe and secure environment for our people.
“Our success against these miscreants can only be accelerated with proper knowledge and intelligence about them, hence the need for the support of all”.