Six governors in the North have joined hands to wage total war against banditry in their territories.
Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, stated this yesterday while presenting letter of appointment to the new Emir of Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna as the 2nd Emir of Kagara at Government House Minna.
Although he did not name the five other governors, Governor Bello said they had “all unanimously agreed to fight the bandits terrorising their states. Bello, therefore, advised bandits and their collaborators to change for the better in their own interest or face the wrath of the people and government.”
On the emergence of Garba Gunna as the new Emir of Kagara, the governor described his final selection as an act of God, adding that he did not in any way interfere in the election process of the new Emir. He reminded the emir of the security challenges facing the state, particularly in his domain and urged him to unite with the people of his emirate to jointly fight criminals within and outside and bring lasting peace to the area.
It would be recalled that Niger State had been a victim of serial attacks by bandits who invade villages in their hundreds, killing, maiming, setting houses ablaze and kidnapping their victims.
A case in point was the attack on Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, where a student was killed, while over 40 others were kidnapped and held in captivity for over a week until they were released, after ransom was reportedly paid.
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