Insecurity: Niger Gov, Bago orders ‘stop and search’

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By Priscilla Dennis

Niger State Governor, Hon Umar Bago has given an order for stop and search by security operatives in an effort to curb insecurity in the state.

The Governor gave the order when he paid Sallah homage to the Emir of Minna, Alh. Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago at his palace, in Minna, the state capital in continuation of his Emirates tour.

Commiserating with the Emir on the recent armed robbery attack on his cashier on Tuesday, he assured him that his administration remained committed to ensuring the security of lives and property of its citizens.

He stated, “we are on top of the situation and the perpetrators will be brought to book. We have also given a marching order for stop and search in the minna metropolis and other parts of the state.”

The Governor maintained that youth restiveness would not be condoned in the state, while warning the members of the judiciary to desist from granting illegal bail and pardon to culprits.

Bago also disclosed that schools that have been closed due to insecurity would be reopened and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) would return safely to their ancestral homes.

Earlier, commending the Governor for his effort so far in ensuring the safety of Nigerlites, the Emir of Minna, Alh. Dr. Umar Farouk Bahago urged him to be more deliberate in taking actions that will make the state a safe haven for all.

He then assured governor Bago of the emirate’s support to the success of the present administration.

The Governor was accompanied by his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sen. Mohammed Sani Musa, the Secretary to the State Government, Alh. Abubakar Usman Jn Gawu, Chief of staff, Alh. Abdullahi Usman Gbatamangi, other top government officials and APC chieftains in the state.

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