Banditry: Reduce social gatherings to help security agencies combat menace – Niger gov

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Bago, has advised residents of Kagara Emirate to limit their movements and social gatherings in view of the renewed wave of banditry in the area.

The governor gave the advice when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Kagara, Mallam Ahmed Garba,  Gunna ll, at his palace in Kagara, as he rounded off his tour of the emirate.

Bago noted that the emirate had been affected by bandits’ attacks and that the restriction of movement would help the security operatives in combating the menace.

The governor said, “A lot of our rural dwellers do a lot of occupation in the hinterland and you find them gathering for weddings and on market days, which is not very good for this situation as it affects security surveillance and operation.

“So, we are encouraging them to restrict their movements. Unless it is very necessary, they should remain within their enclaves, so that bushes can also be cleared.”

The governor promised that his administration would ensure the construction of a dual carriageway in Kagara, in line with his urban renewal policy and also ensure the reconstruction of Minna/Tegina road.

Furthermore, he encouraged farmers to take advantage of the government’s subsidised fertilizers to boost farming activities.

The Emir of Kagara appreciated Bago for his efforts so far in ensuring that the people of the emirate enjoyed relative peace which made them observe Durbar during the Eid celebration.

The Emir also disclosed that each of the traditional title holders in the emirate had acquired at least one hectare of land to engage in agricultural activities following the strategies developed by his administration to promote national policy on food security.

The high point of the visit was the conferment of the traditional title of Gorozon Kagara on the governor and the presentation of instruments of power to him.