By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government has enlisted the confidence of citizens in the state as it assured that everything is being done to stem the tides of armed banditry and other organized crimes in parts of the state.
Following a meeting held behind closed doors between the nation’s Police high command led by the Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu and governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, the state government said the days of the armed bandits who have been causing anguish in parts of the state were now being numbered.
Chief of Staff to governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Ibrahim Balarabe said during a stakeholders’ media parley with journalists in the state, that a new onslaught was being deployed against the bandits by the office of the Inspector General of Police in response to the request from Niger state government.
The Chief of Staff therefore enjoined citizens to relax and repose their confidence in the state government as it tackles all criminally minded elements who have caused anxious moments, apprehension and sleeplessness to the administration and citizens alike in the recent past.
He said the state governor, more than anyone else, was worried over the resurgence of the activities of armed bandits in communities of Shiroro, Rafi and Munya council areas especially even as he noted that the government had taken notes of other pockets of criminalities by men of the underworld elsewhere in parts of the state.
Ibrahim Balarabe expressed the state government’s concern over the state of security across the state particularly the loss of lives and valuable properties of citizens.
He pleaded with citizens across the state to have confidence in the administration as it was on the verge of rejigging it’s security strategies and the security architecture of the state to rid it of dangerous elements.
Balarabe who also spoke on worsening state of the Suleja to Minna road and the state government’s plan to repair the damaged portions, said the Suleja to Minna road would be closed to regular traffic for forty eight hours to allow road maintenance engineers carry out the needed repairs to put back the road to use.
He appealed for understanding and restraint from the motoring public while the remedial works lasts.