Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has condemned the recent attacks by bandits on Maitumbi and Kuchi communities in Bosso and Munya local government areas of the state
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, in Minna on Monday, decried the incessant activities of the gunmen and urged the people to support government’s efforts to identify and dislodge the criminals.
More than 20 people were allegedly abducted by the bandits, numbering over 50, when they attacked the communities, leaving scores injured in the process.
Bello appealed to residents of the state to cooperate with security agencies by providing credible intelligence that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the heinous act.
The governor disclosed the North Central State Governors, at their recent meeting in Makurdi, provided ideas and offered new approaches in dealing with the growing menace of banditry in the region.
He stressed that the federal and state governments were doing their best to restore order in the affected states.
Bello pledged the state government’s logistical support to the security agencies and enjoined them to brace to their responsibilities through collaborative intelligence sharing.
He condoled with the families of those who lost their lives in recent attacks and directed the State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to attend to the injured persons as well as those taking refuge at the Maitumbi Primary School.