By Rita Iliya
The Government of Niger State has assured the communities of Bassa, Zumba and others in the local government areas of Shiroro and Munya besieged by bandits that the bases of the Joint Military Task Force in the region have not been deserted. .
The state government statement comes amid fears that the task force’s camps have been deserted and that security agents have left communities after the recent invasion of the military base in Allawa in which six soldiers and a mobile policeman were killed.
Niger’s Governor Abubakar Bello, who denounced the deadly attack and murder, urged communities to remain calm as security agents pulled back to change their strategy and did not completely abandon them.
“The military evacuated the corpses of the valiant officers who died in face-off with the bandits and who withdrew for a while to review their strategy. They have neither left nor abandoned the communities, ”he said.
He said growing banditry and kidnappings in parts of the state call for constant restructuring, stressing that the government and security agencies have remained steadfast and will ensure that criminals are eliminated.
The Governor has shown compassion to the Nigerian military, police and communities affected by the activities of the bandits for the deaths of the six security guards and all those killed in the region so far.
The presence of security agents in the areas has, most recently, thwarted the activities of bandits before the invasion of the Allawa military base.
The bandits, numbering around 200, attacked the military base, killed six soldiers and a mobile police officer, set the base on fire before settling in communities where they also killed seven people and abducted several others. (NOPE)