The Niger State Government has once again raised the alarm that at least five communities in Rafi and Shiroto Local Government Areas of the State are currently under the control of Boko Haram terrorists which has forced many residents of the affected communities to migrate to safer places within and outside the state.
This was disclosed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane on Monday.
He named the communities to include- Kurebe, Farina Kuka, Gussau in Shiroro LGA and Madaka, Hanawanka in Rafi Local Government Areas of the state.
According to him, the terrorists who possess sophisticated weapons are currently moving freely in the affected communities.
He further revealed that the state government has already alerted security agencies for proper urgent security measures to ensure the safety of residents.
He said, “We have spent over N2 billion on the security agencies in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the last two years.
“We will continue to accord priority attention to the welfare of security personnel deployed to enable them wipe out all those involved in the illegal acts for peace, progress and political stability.
“We equally appeal to residents to volunteer reliable information on movement of bad characters to the nearest security outfits for security action.
“We have also reached out to traditional and religious leaders as well as stakeholders to mobilize residents to support the effort of the government in the ongoing fight against criminal elements.”
Matane further assured that the state government will continue to make efforts which would bring a stop to security challenges bedeviling the state.