The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Niger State has added it’s weight to the hordes of voices calling on the Niger State Government to scale up it’s security apparatuses across to stem armed banditry, killing and destruction of economic steads of citizens.
The call came on heels of recent gruesome attacks by armed bandits on the two communities of Kwaki and Chukuba of Galadiman Kogi district of Shiroro council area of the state.
Though the Police in the state said only 17 persons were killed, the communities insisted that 37 of their loved ones were slained in the attacks.
Over 2004 of the villagers are now housed in a displaced shelter erected by the state government following the displacement of the communities by the gunmen.
Chairman of the NLC in the state, Comrade Yakubu Garba in a statement of appeal after the invasion of the defenceless communities, asked government Sani Bello to up the state’s security network to ensure a well guaranteed state.
He tasked the state government to wake up to the increasing banditry that have made life unbearable especially in the three council areas of Rafi, Shiroro, and Munya.
Meanwhile, governor Abubakar Sani Bello has appealed to the displaced communities of Kwaki and Chukuba of Shiroro council to return to their homes assuring them that the state government has put in place new security measures to arrest any further attacks on them.
But the displaced communities appeared not convinced or ready to leave their new abodes at the primary school at Erena which is the Internally Displaced Camp.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello who visited the camp, said security personnel have been sent to the communities adding that though the areas have difficult terrains with undulating topology of rocks, wetland, meshy land, the government was determined to ensure that they were protected against further attacks.
At the IDP camp, Acting Director General of the State’s Emergency Management Agency, (NSEMA), Abdullahi Tanko confirmed that the state government has spent N20 million on foodstuffs, drugs and other materials for the displaced persons.
Twenty seven persons were still being treated of gunshot wounds while 513 had earlier been treated since their arrival at the IDP camp.