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We’ve limitations in tackling kidnapping, banditry ― Gov. Sani-Bello


Rayyan Alhassan
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Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has said that state governors have limitations in tackling insecurity in their respective states.

Mr Sani-Bello stated this on Tuesday when he played host to five state governors who represented the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and paid him a courtesy call at the Government House Minna.

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According to him, the states are hamstringed as far as they have no control of the Army, Navy, Air force and even the Police in their respective states.

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Mr Sani-Bello, therefore, advocated for synergy between the federal and state governments, saying that the move could be achieved through adequate intelligence gathering.

He said: “We need to impress it on the authority at the centre to do the needful. We are aware that we as state governors have limitations when it comes to controlling the army, navy, air force and even the police.

“There is the need for federal authority to work with state governments for immediate action on this menace.”

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The governor stated further that the recent kidnap of passengers of the Niger Stare Transport Authority and students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of the state have brought the issue of insecurity to the front burner.

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The delegation was led by the Forum chairman and Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Others in the entourage included Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal; the chairman, Northern State Governors’ Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, his Kwara State counterpart, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and Governor of Nassarawa State, Abdullahi Sule respectively.

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