To tackle criminal elements in the Niger state, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), and the state government have agreed to work towards ensuring security of civilians and infrastructure in the state.
Commandant General, NSCDC, Dr Ahmed Audi, said partnership with the state government as well as synergy with sister law enforcement agencies will yield more positive result in tackle crime and criminality in the state.
He made this know during an on the spot visit to has moved to strengthen partnership with the state government.
A communique signed by the Director, Public Relations of the agency, Babawale Afolabi, contains that Dr. Audi undertook an on the spot assessment of troubled zones in the state and also paid a working visit to the state governor, Umar Bago.
“We came around to see for ourselves, a kind of on- the -spot assessment, of the security situation in Niger State and to familiarize with you. We hope to work on our synergy with other security agencies in the state and create better security atmosphere for people of Niger State.”
The NSCDC boss who also seized the occasion to appreciate the governor’s kind gesture through the recently donation of hilux patrol vans and other security gadgets to security agencies in the State.
He implored the governor to create more office structures for the NSCDC across all the 26 local governments in the State.
Responding, governor Bago appreciated the timely visit of the NSCDC boss, he lamented the nefarous activities of bamdits, cattle rustlers, illegal miners among others who have been troubling the state recently.
He said that the farmers are worst hit as many have abandoned their farm lands due to fear of being attacked.
Bago said “Niger State is being refered to as the food basket of the country largely due to our largest land mass in the country, (about 76.36km2), which is also suitable for agriculture and being made use by the government.
“Large percentage of the people. But the growing security concern meant that our people are constantly at the mercy of bandits and other criminal elements.”
The governor who also decried nefarious activities of the illegal miners in the State promised to continue to work on how to better equip the security agencies in the State by donating more vehicles and housing units.