Written By Dedeigbo Ayodeji
Posted By Admin
DIG Abdulmajid Ali (Rtd.), a former Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations has tasked security agencies currently engaged in the fight against banditry and terrorism in the North-East and North-West regions of the country to control the influx of criminal elements into Kotangora and Shiroro axes of Niger State.
The DIG lamented on the ripple effects of the ongoing commendable and laudable bombardments on the terrorist camps in Zamfara and Katsina States which have however led to the mass movement of terrorists and bandits from the operational theartres into Kotangora and some part of Niger State leading to widespread kidnapping and killings in Bobi, Mariga, Beri, Bangi, Ibeto and other communities within the area.
He further stressed and urged the security agencies involved in these chains of operations to think outside the box and prehempt and prevent possible fleeing of the dislodged criminals into the badly suppressed areas of Niger State.
DIG Ali equally empathised that sadly, the terrorists and bandits, who have emigrated in their thousands, now enjoy free reigns in Kotangora, Niger State, operating daily and casting fear upon the good people of Kotangora. Being a concerned Nigerian and indigene of Kontangora, Ali has appealed to the Federal Government and the Niger State government to come to the aide of the people of Kotangora and Shiroro, specifically.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, has also appealed to disaster management responders like National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies, Red Cross Society and NGOs to come to the rescue and aide of more than 10,000 (ten thousand) internally displaced persons who have flooded Kotangora and struggling to survive, as their uncoordinated stay, clustering and activities may cause health related complications, moral decadence and security breach.
He equally called for proactiveness in the areas of intelligence gathering, community based approaches, information sharing etc, on the part of security agencies for maximum protection of the people even as he emphasized the strengthening of local vigilante groups to collaborate with formal security agencies for effective security in the area.
He has however promised and assured the governments at all evels of his readiness to embark on sensitization and all inclusive community engagement programmes to incorporate his kismen and the people of the affected areas in Niger State in boosting the general security network of Niger State.