Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has cried out that bandits invaded over 300 communities, killed over 200 people, and kidnapped over 400 persons in several communities in the state between January 1 and 17, 2022,
Governor Bello after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, declared: “We also lost some security personnel – there were 25 of them.
“Sadly, we lost approximately 165 people and 30 local vigilantes.
“So, it’s a pretty grave scenario that we’ve been dealing with in the last few weeks since the beginning of the year.”
Governor Bello disclosed that bandits collect levies from residents of several communities in Niger State to avoid attacks.
The governor expressed the need to intensify security operations in the state.