…as gov, religious bodies turn to God for help

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello has enjoined Christians and Muslims in the state to pray and ask God for intervention on the security challenges that bedevilling the state, adding that over 10,000 persons have been displaced and several others killed.

Speaking to journalists on Saturday after a special prayer section organised by the government at the Minna Central Mosque, the governor said government has put in place a robust action plan that will completely eradicate the activities of armed bandits.

According to him: “We have put in place all necessary measures at the moment to address the situation as far as security is concerned.

“They (bandits) have made over 10,000 people become Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and today we call for special prayers against these bandits and to seek Allah’s guidance and protection from these people. Also, we hope that God will penetrate their hearts to stop these activities before it’s too late.

“I believe, and I strongly feel, it will soon be too late for them, because we are putting in place a robust action plan that will completely eradicate such activities and when the time comes, we will not hesitate to take necessary.”

Speaking on what informed the prayers, Governor Sani Bello said: “It was because, recently and very unusual we have been confronted with a lot of security challenges from unknown armed bandits from wherever they are.

“It is not part of our culture here; Niger State has been very quiet and peaceful in spite of our diversity. In recent times, they (bandits) have been very inhumane in their activities. They have killed innocent civilians, killed security men, killed vigilantes, they have killed women and babies and virtually anything that moves around.”

He, however, called on Christian and Muslim Ummahs to pray for the state and Nigeria.