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    Friday, March 28, 2014

    Nasarawa, Benue adopt air surveillance to stop attacks

    THE governments of Benue and Nasarawa states have resolved to adopt air surveillance strategy to curb  incessant attacks in their boundary communities.

    Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State announced the measure on Thursday when he visited Giza town, in the Keana Local Government Area of the state. Giza was attacked by unknown gunmen on Tuesday.

    Al-Makura described the mayhem in the border communities as alarming, adding that the perpetrators were criminals who took advantage of the long boundary stretch between the two states to perpetrate their criminal activities.

    He said that the two state governments were working hard to address the situation, and promised that they would ensure that lasting peace was returned to the communities.

    The governor said government would continue to do its best to guarantee the safety of lives and property of its citizens, adding that the recurrence of violent attacks could no longer be handled by the state governments alone. He said the two state governments had sought the intervention of the Federal Government.

    “In no distant time there will be a lot of security presence in the area as part of intervention from the Federal Government,” he said.

    Al-Makura, while condoling with the people of Giza, said that adequate security had been put in place to forestall further attacks on them.

    He said that a detachment of mobile policemen would be permanently stationed in the town until normalcy had been fully restored.

    Earlier, the Sangarin Giza, Alhaji Umar Elegu, who received the governor, said the attackers stormed the village at about 6.00am on March 25.

    Elegu said three villagers were killed during the attack, while several houses and farm produce in bans were set ablaze.

    He called for more security presence in the area to avert a recurrence of the attack.

    The governor donated relief materials, including food items, to the villagers, many of who had deserted their homes for fear of further attacks.

    Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly, Mr. Adamu Usman, on Thursday advocated strong and effective collaboration among security outfits to tackle the current security challenges facing the country.

    He said this when the national officers of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, led by the Commander-General, Alhaji Aliyu Sokoto, paid him a visit in Minna, Niger State capital.

    “Effective collaboration among security outfits will go a long way to solve the security challenges in the northern parts of Nigeria,” he said.

    Usman explained that security should be everybody’s business, especially with the current situation in the country.

    “For a crime-free society citizens must be security conscious, support the security agents and learn to live peacefully with one another,” he added.

    The Speaker, however, commended the group for its hard work, and sacrifice and charged the members to be patriotic, sincere and honest in the discharge of their duties.

    According to him, Niger is one of the most peaceful states in the country. He attributed this to proactive measures being taken on security matters and co-ordinated approach by government, adding that the major concern of government was to protect lives and property.

    Usman traced the history of vigilante groups to the pre-independence native police, saying that the native police were then very active since they were conversant with the inhabitants of their areas.

    “The agitation of state police is gaining momentum as against the initial opposition.Both at the National Assembly and the ongoing National Conference the discussions and debates are being centred on the establishment of state police,” he said.

    He added that the idea of community policing as being championed by the security agencies was a welcome development, saying that the measure would allow every member of the society to contribute immensely towards protection of lives and property.

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