Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Friday urged the Anti-Drug Consumption and Crime Control (ADC), a private security outfit, to complement the efforts of government security agencies in curbing crime in the state.
The governor made the call when he received members of ADC, led by its Commander, Abdulmumini Ami, at the Government House in Minna.
Bello, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Balarabe Ibrahim, commended the organisation for complementing government’s efforts to ensure peace and order in the state.
He noted that the proactive efforts of ADC had particularly resulted in reduction in crime within the Minna metropolis.
He enjoined the organisation to assist the government security agencies in efforts to apprehend the criminals who had been terrorising the state and hand them over to appropriate law enforcement agencies for prosecution.
“Government appreciates what you are doing in ensuring peace in the state and I pray the relationship between you and government will wax stronger,’’ he said.
Bello also noted that ADC complemented government efforts to protect live and property during the #EndSars protests in the state and expressed the government’s desire to continue with the partnership.
He announced the donation of a bus to the outfit but urged it to operate within the ambit of the law.
Responding, Ami thanked the state government for the bus and pledged to continue to support government in its crime reduction efforts in the state.
He said that ADC was working hand in hand with relevant security agencies, especially the police, in tackling criminal elements in the society.
The ADC was established in 2013, in partnership with the state government, to support security agencies to curb drug abuse and other crimes in the state.