Niger Govt reaffirms commitment to ending banditry



Niger  Government reiterated its continued commitment to bringing banditry and other forms of criminality to an end in the .

Alhaji Ahmed Matane, the Secretary to the Government (SSG), said this when he received Victims Support Fund (VSF), an NGO, led by its Executive Director, Prof. Nana Tanko, in his office in Minna on Friday.

He said the government worried by the activities of bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers, and as such,  it would leave no stone unturned in tackling the dastardly act in the .

He expressed the government’s readiness to partner any non-governmental organisation toward fashioning out strategies would forestall any breach of security in the state.

Matane said seven government areas in the state namely : Munya, Shiroro, Rafi, Mariga, Wushishi, Rijau and Mashegu were affected by banditry, kidnapping and .

He commended VSF members for their tremendous support to  victims of insurgency, vulnerable persons and urged them not to relent as the act would assist in dealing with insurgency in the country.

Earlier in her remarks, Prof. Tanko said that VSF responded to  urgent needs to community recovery and stability by facilitating restoration of livelihood.

She said that VSF, which is a knowledge-driven and programme-based organisation, had also built a partnership for  support and transformation of victims of terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the VSF entourage include: the Director-General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Ibrahim Inga, and other directors of the agency. (NAN)