Few days after the massacre of 27 security operatives by bandits, Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello has declared that henceforth, there will no longer be dialogue between armed bandits and government in the state.
Governor Sani Bello stated this when he received in audience security chiefs led by DIG AbdulMajid Ali and AIG Zone 7 Hosae Karma at the Government House Minna,.
He described as most embarrassing the persistent attacks by the criminals, saying it was time to take the fight to them.
He condemned in strongest terms the recent killings of security agents at Galadiman Kogo in Shiroro local government area of the state, describing the loss of the gallant officers to the bandits as painful and unacceptable.
“Although, reports about the unfortunate attack have been unclear, the suspects who master minded the heinous crime would not go unpunished as government would do everything lawfully possible to bring the bandits to justice and mitigate against future occurrence.
“We are working together with governors of the North-west states. Security agencies are making progress in tracking and identifying the locations of the criminals and, very soon, such locations will be verified and attacked,” the governor said.
Bello, who acknowledged the support and collaboration of the local communities in the renewed efforts to defeat the bandits in the state, expressed optimism that the recent strategies or measures taken by the governors would bring an end to the menace.
He commiserated with Army, Police and families of the gallant officers over the unfortunate incident and prayed God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest.
Speaking earlier, leader of the team, DIG Ali had expressed shock at the development and told the governor that they were in the state to have first hand information on the attack carried out on their officers which led to colossal loss of lives.