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Illiteracy, unemployment, porous borders aiding banditry – Niger govt

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The Niger State Authorities has attributed banditry to local weather change, porous borders, poverty, illiteracy amongst different elements.

The Secretary to the Authorities of Niger State (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, acknowledged this at a one-day symposium on banditry and insecurity within the state organized by the Centre for Historic Analysis and Documentation, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida College, Lapai.

He traced banditry to North-Western Nigeria, particularly Zamfara State, throughout the farmer-herder clashes that degenerated to the present-day insecurity.

The SSG, who was the Visitor Speaker stated, “banditry could be attributed to a number of elements. These embody local weather change, non-agricultural use of land, the porous nature of Nigeria’s border, undelineated states borders, poverty, illiteracy and unemployment and proliferation of small arms and light-weight weapons amongst a number of others”.

Based on him, to stem the tide, there’s a want for coordinated and sustained joint safety operations, strict surveillance on the proliferation of weapons, full deployment of ICT – drones, trackers, communication programs – in addition to the institution of neighborhood policing.

He additionally revealed that the actions of informants who share intelligence with the bandits on the motion of their targets have aggravated the current state of insecurity significantly in some components of the state.

Matane additional famous that joint safety operations should be mobilized and sustained to dislodge banditry and different criminality within the state.

The Vice-Chancellor of the College, Professor Abu-Kasim Adamu, in his tackle, stated the theme of the symposium was apt and well timed, noting that “the occasion couldn’t have come at a time higher than now”.

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