Governor Bello Uncovers Plot To Cause Crisis In Niger State

Niger State, Fulani, Abubakar BelloNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, says he has uncovered a well-planned attempt to use religion and tribal lines to create disaffection in the state by some individuals.

The governor, who made the assertion  on Wednesday in Minna, urged the people of the state to be at alert.

He also briefed reporters on his ‘on the spot’ assessment of the recent Fulani and Gbagy clash at Sabon Daga in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

“What happened at Sabon Daga was very unfortunate and avoidable (because) I can’t imagine how hips of yam can lead to loss of lives and property.

“Those behind this devilish act will soon be exposed. I urge you all to desist from using inciting statements that are capable of instigating crisis in our communities.

“I am aware of a well-planned attempt to use religion and tribal lines to cause disaffection in the state, we know them.

“They are the elites who are using illiterates to their advantage while their own children are busy watching television and laughing at home. They should have a rethink,” he warned.

Governor Bello assured the residents that we would leave no stone unturned in curbing the situation.

He said his administration would inject more funds into security in the next three months while confirming an external influence in the crisis.

The governor lamented that the monies meant for the development of the state were being spent on providing succour to affected victims of various clashes.

Communal Clashes: Senator Umaru Claims Over 400 Killed In Niger State

Niger East, Senator David Umaru,, Communal ClashesA lawmaker from Niger East Senatorial district, Senator David Umaru, claims that over 400 people across various communities in the zone were murdered by cattle rustlers and armed bandits in 2016.

According to Senator Umaru, the purported killing excluded what he referred to as “unprovoked military invasion” of Kpadna, Legbe and other communities in Bosso Local Government Area that allegedly led to the death of 22 people in August 2016.

He told reporters in Minna that several livestock including cows were rustled, while women and girls were abducted and raped by the marauders who also burnt houses and other property.

The lawmaker, who is the Senate Committee Chairman on Judiciary and Human Rights, claimed that communities bordering the neighbouring Kaduna State were the most vulnerable with the bandits, capitalising on the adjoining forest as escape route and safe abode.

He listed some of the communities to include Kaure, Kusasun, Mwaignu, Sabon Gida, Kwaki, Ajata, Kushaka, Bagna, Bassa/Kukoki, Allawa in Shiroro and Rafi local government areas.

Senator Umaru alleged that in most of the attacks, security operatives always arrived the scene hours after the blood-letting with the bandits safely in their abodes, while calling for more proactive measures to halt the menace in 2017.

“It is my duty as a Senator representing the communities that were affected to call on the State Governor, Abubakar Bello, to, as a matter of urgent public importance, take immediate and more positive measures including directing the relocation of Police (and) SSS headquarters to the affected area to liberate our people,” he said.

The lawmaker also urged the state government to make public the outcome of the commission of inquiry which investigated the remote and immediate causes of the bloody clash between the military and some villagers in Bosso Local Government Area public, and to also set up white paper committee to implement the report.

Niger State To Get US’ Support In Shea Butter Processing

Shea-butterThe Niger State Government has concluded arrangements to collaborate with American Institute of Shea Butter to upgrade Shea butter processing centre in the state to meet international standard.

The State Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Rahmatu Yar’adua, told reporters about the planned collaboration on Monday.

She addressed reporters after she received the representative of the Institute who were on study tour of the State centres in Lavun, Katcha in Bosso Local Government Area of state.

The Chairman of Edati Local Government Area, Zubeiru Isah, thank the state government for its proactive step to establish such Shea butter centres across the state.

Dr Mustapha Jibril, who is the Commissioner of Health and Hospital Services, also thanked the state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for his kind gesture to the people of Bosso Local Government Area.

Shea butter is increasingly gaining popularity with younger persons embracing its use for different purposes, ranging from production of cosmetics – Skin and hair related products – to medicinal ointments.

It will create employment opportunities for persons that will take part in the training that the partnership will provide.

Air Chief Says Military Will Not Compromise In Carrying Out Its Duties

Sadique Abubakar, Bello Abubakar, Niger, MilitaryThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, says that the military will not compromise in its responsibilities to the nation.

Air Marshal Abubakar also urged various communities across Nigeria to support soldiers in ensuring peace.

He expressed sadness at the avoidable clash between military and civilians that led to the loss of lives in Kpaidna villages in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State, north-central Nigeria.

The Air Chief, during a condolence visit at Government House in Minna, appealed to the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, to enlighten the people on security to avoid future occurrence.

He also urged the people of the state to go about their normal activities and promised to sustain the peaceful coexistence in the state.

The Air Marshal noted that he was in Niger State to inspect the existing infrastructure with a view to improve on them, adding that measures have been put in place to establish Aircraft Maintenance Repairs Organisation in Minna in collaboration with the state government, to boost the economy of the state.

Governor Bello on his part asked the military to exercise restraint and called for calm as the state government awaits the report of the investigating team.

He also expressed grief over the incident and called for security consciousness on the part of the people.

The Governor pledged to continue to assist and support all the security agencies to safeguard the people of the state.

He called for the continued synergy between the Nigerian Air Force and the state and commended the military and other security outfits in maintaining peace in Niger State.

Air Marshal Abubakar also made a courtesy call on the Emir of Minna, HRH Umar Bahago, at his palace and inspected the Air Force Primary School in the community, where he pledged to add a secondary school for the benefit of the community.

Niger Govt. Sets Up Committee To Investigate Military Invasion

Sani Bello, Niger State, MilitaryA three-man committee has been constituted by the Security Council headed by the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG) to look into the military invasion of some communities in Bosso Local Government Area of the state.

This comes after the military in Niger State invaded Lunko, Kopa and environ villages in Bosso Local Government Area of the state at about 1:00am local time on Thursday.

The Government has requested for feedback on the incident within 24 hours.

According to a statement by the State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the government, after an emergency State Security Council meeting on Friday, directed an extensive investigation into the remote and immediate cause(s) of the unfortunate incident, with the aim of having a permanent solution and forestalling future occurrence of such act.

The council also directed that residents of the affected villages, community leaders, party chieftains, religious leaders and political office holders in the area should embrace peace and assist the committee by proffering suggestions that would bring lasting solution and guarantee an enduring peace in the area and the state at large.

The council, while commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives, appealed to the military to ensure strict adherence to rules of engagement while assuring them of government’s resolve to recover the missing arms during the unfortunate incident.

As normalcy returns to the affected area, the council appealed to members of the public to go after their lawful duties, avoid engaging in any act capable of breaching peace of the state and report any suspicious person or movement to appropriate authorities.

The armed soldiers drawn from the 31 Artillery Brigade in Minna and the Air Force base in Bosso, allegedly stormed the villages in a brutal commando style, waking the sleeping villagers, causing distress and inflicting pains on them.

Police Arrest 4 Suspected Cattle Rustlers, 340 Cattle Recovered In Niger

Kano- cattle rustlers in Niger-policeNiger State Police Command has announced the arrest of four suspected cattle rustlers. Over 300 heads of cattle were also recovered about  from the suspects.

The arrest was made in the early hours of Sunday at a suspected cattle rustlers’ hideout at Unguwan Kuka Village in Beji, Bosso Local Government Area of the state, following a tip-off from some concerned citizens.

Report named the suspects as Mohammed Abubakar, Mohammed Tanyi, Mohammed Bashir and Mohammed Bello, were caught with 340 cattle in their possession.

A Police source at the Niger State Criminals Investigation Department, revealed that the suspects have since confessed to the crime during investigation by the Police.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Niger State Police Command, ASP Bala Elkana, also confirmed the incident, saying the Command is winning the war against the hoodlums.

Mr Elkana stressed further stressed that the Niger State Police Commissioner has asked owners of the recovered cattle to come and collect them, with the proof of ownership.

“And as soon as the rightful owners of the recovered 340 cattle come forward to claim their animals, with proof of ownership, their animals shall be released to them by the Police on bond, after they must have identified them individually “, Elkana said.

He added that the four suspected cattle rustlers, would be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.