Bandits Spread To More States In Northwest Nigeria

The Presidency has raised alarm over the relocation of unrepentant bandits from Zamfara and Katsina states to neighboring states and beyond.

Dr Amina Shamaki, Permanent Secretary, Special Services, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation made this known on Thursday at the Federal and States Security Administrator’s Meeting in Jalingo.

Shamaki expressed concern to the security managers and members of the public.

According to her, this is an indication that those unrepentant bandits are making efforts to escalate the menance to other areas.

She noted that some states in the North-Central and South-West geopolitical zones have started experiencing upsurge in kidnap incedents being perpatriated by the dislodged bandits.

She enjoined states that were faced with banditary to take a leave from the initiative of Zamfara government by engaging repentant felons in continues dialogue.

She stressed the need to critical examine the peace initiative in such a way that would prevent the of bandits from one area to another with relative ease.

She encouraged security agencies to intensify efforts aimed at degrading the capacity of armed bandits and deny them freedom of movement and action.
The permanent secretary, commended both the governor of Taraba and Benue to bring lasting solution to Tiv/Jukun crisis in Taraba state.

According to her, the governors are working closely with the Federal Government to facilitate and support early resolution of the impasse through effective peace building process.
Shamaki also urged other governors to support the Federal Government in its resolve to address the menance of perennial ethno-religious and communual clashes in other parts of the country.

Also, Mr Yassy Dogari, Permanent Secretary, Home Affairs, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) said that the meeting would serve as a platform for sharing of information.
Dogari said that the meeting would enhance intelligent evaluation among security managers.

He said that the planned commencement of Operation Ayem-Akpatuma 11 in the state would go along way in addressing the security challenges in the state.

He assured that the state government would support any initiative aimed at for stalling social disorder in the state.

Tgnews reports that participants were drawn from all security agencies and paramilitary services as well as representatives from other states.

Chairman of local governments, chairmen of board and parastatals were also in attendance.


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