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Police Commisoner explains reason for unending Banditry in Niger

Adamu Usman
CP Niger State

Police Commisoner explains reason for unending Banditry in Niger

Niger State Commisoner of Police, Adamu Usman has on Tuesday said the incessant banditry attacks that have claimed innocent lives and rendered many homeless is as a of bad terrain and poor communication network in parts of the State.

Adamu Usman who spoke with Journalists on Tuesday at the premises of the Niger State House of Assembly, on Tuesday after a closed door section with legislators who invited him to explain why bandits continue to hold away in the state especially in the Niger East Senatorial zone, which has become the epic center of bandits attacks.

He said apart from banditry which has persisted in parts of the state, the Police is faced with rape, cattle rustling and armed robbery challenges.

It should be recalled that, last month, the Convener, Niger Accountability Group and State Coordinator, National Day of Mourning (NDOM), Mathew Oladele told Journalists that over 90 persons have lost their lives to various vices in the first quarter of this year alone.

According to Oladele, “between 2018 and now, we have recorded deaths in couples of hundreds of Nigerlites to violent killings across the State; with the first quarter of 2020 alone have recorded ninety (90) deaths. Yet, without much ado from government.”

The lawmakers had invited the COMPOL, the State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, Director, State Security Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).

According to the Commissioner, “the particular challenges we face are the difficult terrain and Communication, infact, there are some places that if you must go, you have to go through Kaduna State. So the terrain is a problem, and also some of these communities have no network connection. So, if there is problem, or before information gets to us, the bandits would have escaped.”

The Police Boss while assuring that, the Police will continue to do its best to ensure banditry is permanently eliminated in the State however sort for the cooperation of the lawmakers saying that they are closer to the people in the rural area and should therefore oblige the Force with adequate information.

Adamu Usman described security as everybody’s business, adding that House of Assembly is a vital organ. They are close to the people through their Representatives. So, they have a critical role to play.

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Sani Musa had cried for help saying since the attacks, hundreds of lives of been lost, thousands rendered homeless.

Daniel Okpole Atori is a renowned Journalist with flair for high professionalism in the media world spanning over 13 years . He has worked with Pen Watch Newspaper, Nigerian Compass Newspapers and currently with Eagle Online as Niger State Bureau Chief and New Telegraph Newspapers as Niger State Correspondent

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