We have secured 12 LGs hit by terrorists, IDPs will soon return home – Gov Bello


 

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has said security has been beefed up in the twelve local government areas affected by activities of bandits/terrorists in the state.

Bello made the revelation when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV “the morning show” programme in Abuja.

He said the presence of security operatives in the affected local government areas have significantly reduced the attacks except for isolated cases in the councils.

“I am optimistic that before the rains sets in, the menace would be addressed to enable our people go back to their homes and to their farms,” he noted.

It would be recalled, last week Saturday during a visit on Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, at the Gwada camp, Shiroro LG, Bello revealed that 12 councils out of 25 have been affected by the activities of the criminals.

He told the IDPs at the camp that efforts are ongoing to ensure that they return to their homes and to also enable them commence farming with the rainy season approaches, adding that the people are predominantly farmers and their failure to farm could have adverse effects on the state and beyond.

” Unfortunately in Niger state, close to 12 LGAs have been affected by banditry activities. We started with three, then five, then eight and now close to twelve”

“Most of these LGAs produce a substantial amount of food because they are mostly farmers, they have very fertile grounds and all they do is farming. We must not allow this to happen. We must do all it takes so that they will go back to their various homes and farms and I hope we can achieve this before the rains come,” the governor stated.

The Governor during the visit also interacted with the people, directed the provision of more basic facilities at the camp to avert the spread of disease.

He then assured the people of the government’s unwavering determination in ensuring that all IDPs return to their ancestral homes.

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