The Governor of Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Tuesday disclosed that the state has spent over N470m to fight banditry and insecurity.
He bemoaned the rate with which bandits are terrorising the state, and how they had refused all the gestures by the state government to speak with them.
Bello disclosed this at the critical stakeholders’ meeting on the state of affairs of Niger State, held at Justice Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna.
It should be recalled that in the last two weeks, bandits had invaded and attacked over 10 communities in the state, dispossessing the innocent people of their property and running them out of their homes.
“We have spent over N470m on combating banditry and insecurity.
“The security situation in Niger State is becoming worrisome; however, the government is determined to ensure that the insecurity is addressed and brought down to its barest minimum,” the governor had said.
He lamented that the bandits have become daring in unleashing terror and fear on the state and the people, adding that the bandits have refused to engage in dialogue with the people.
“These bandits have become more daring. We have used every opportunity to dialogue with them, but those in the Pandogari axis have refused to listen to dialogue. Instead, they have become more daring, armed and dangerous.
“They seem to remain committed to carrying out whatever activity they intend to do by unleashing terror and fear in the people and state,” Bello lamented.
He further said that the number of Internally Displaced Persons across the state has increased to 1,000 as a result of bandit attacks.