Bandit Gide not governor in Niger – Police

The police in Niger state have dismissed reports suggesting that a bandit, Dogo Gide, has declared himself as the “governor” of Niger state.

The police Command stated this Friday in a statement issued by its Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Wasiu Abiodun, insisting that the publication “is false in its entirety.”

The statement entitled “Bandit not a governor in Niger state” urged the people to disregard the false publication on social media, adding that it only existed in the figment of the imagination of the author.

“The Niger state Police Command wishes to respond to a publication circulating on some social media that a notorious bandit declared himself as the governor in Niger state. The Command wishes to state categorically with all sense of responsibility that such publication is false in its entirety, and it only exists in the figment of the imagination of the author,’ the statement read in part.

It added that, “Members of the public are advised to ignore such a publication as it is an attempt by mischief makers to cause panic through propaganda.

“News reporters are equally advised to desist from peddling such propaganda through their various platforms.”

It was learnt that some social media in their reports had claimed that the notorious bandit leader had declared himself as the governor of Niger state operating from Kusasu and Chukuba areas of Shiroro local government area of the state.

The police also dismissed the claim that about eight villages in Shiroro local government area had surrendered to the bandit leader and had decided to obey and pay allegiance to his terrorist group.