Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger State

Cattle Rustling: Police Deploy 500 Men To Shiroro LG, Niger StateThe Niger State Police Command on Thursday intensified its fight against cattle rustling in parts of the state with the deployment of additional 500 men in areas identified as dangerous points.

In a press briefing in Minna, the Commissioner of Police, Mu’azu Zubairu, said that the men would strengthen the joint task force team already on ground in Alawa, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Cattle rustlers had re-launched what security agencies in the state referred to as “major offensive”, especially in Shiroro communities with 11 deaths from two attacks.

CP Muazu said that the bandits were fleeing military offensive in Zamafara state and are taking refuge in forests bordering Kaduna and Zamfara states.

He said the Police had decided to take the battle to the rustlers with the deployment of three units which include counter-terrorism, anti-cattle rustling and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Muazu said that the state was rid of cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed robbery following a major onslaught against them by men of the command in conjunction with the military, but that the bandits just recently started “finding their way into the state again”.

“Six people were killed in Kukoki community last Monday, while five lives were lost in Gbada, all of Shiroro Local Government Area with undisclosed number of cattle rustled,” he explained.

He said that following the development, residents of communities across the affected local government areas have fled their homes for fear of attack, with many residing in Pandogari town.

Addressing the troops at the command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police urged them to rid the affected forests of the criminals, while also observing the rule of engagement.

He said that men of the command were battle ready for the task at hand.

Governor Bello Compensates Families Of Electrocuted Persons In Niger State

Niger-Abubakar BelloThe Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has made a cash donation to families the victims of electric surge in the state.

The families of the electrocuted victims in Jatau area of Maitumbi near an FM Station, which include a Village head, his son and a Police inspector on Friday received the sum of 15 million Naira.

The presentation of the cash succour to the victims was made by the Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Mr Mamman Muas, who represented Governor Bello.

The family of the late village head of Jatau and his son got a sum of two million Naira while the Police inspector’s family received one million Naira, as the rest was shared among 45 families of the affected victims.

In his reaction to the gesture, the representative of Bosso Local Government Area in the Niger State House of Assembly, Honourable Abdulmalik Bosso, appreciated the effort of the Governor.

He also commended Governor Bello for his proactive step, stressing that he could still remember them after three months of the ugly incident.

“We the people of Bosso Local Government are very grateful for your kind gesture and support,” he said.

Also present at the cash relief donation were the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Kabiru Abbas, and the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Ibrahim Inga.

North Will Support Whoever Wins 2015 Presidential Elections

Ahead of the 2015 general elections, chairman of the Northern Nigeria Governors Forum, and Governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, says the north is ready to negotiate the presidency to protect the interest of the region.

He made the remark during the inauguration of the office complex for federal workers in Enagi, headquarters of Edati Local Government in Niger State, stressing that the North was prepared to follow whoever was elected president in 2015.

“Some people, very few of them, are holding nocturnal meetings, that they are telling President Goodluck Jonathan that they are only supporters of Jonathan. We are the supporters of the constitution of Nigeria. Whosoever gets the power, we are in support of him but we are saying this time around in 2015, we will negotiate” he said.

“We will support whoever gets this power, but we will ask for the fulfillment of the promises to our people; that is all we are saying and some people want to cash in on this.”

The Governor denied advocating that only northern candidates should clinch the presidency, but stressed that the need for the promises made to the region were fulfilled.

He also denied advocating that only northern candidates should contest the highest position in the land come 2015, explained that the north is prepared to support anyone who emerges as president.

He, however, stressed that such support must be based on a negotiated settlement aimed at ensuring that the north is not shortchanged in the unfolding political realities in the country.