Aftermath Of Bank Robbery: Gov Sani Bello Seeks Synergy Between Govt, Traditional Institution, Security Agencies

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Niger Governor, Sani Bello
By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna

One week after the robbery attacks at the Divisional Police Office and two commercial banks in Lapai, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has expressed shock and disbelieve over the destardly, dare devil robbery attacks which left blood, sorrow, tears and anguish on it’s heels.
Governor Bello was at the Palace of Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago Tafida on sympathy visit where he called for a better synergy between government, the traditional institutions and security agencies in the state.
He lamented the apparent loss of societal values amongst some senseless citizens, disrespect to the sanctity of life and heartlessness of some people who have chosen the condemnable path of destruction.
Governor Sani Bello while sympathising with the citizens in the emirate, assured that the state government would not rest on it’s oars until criminals were routed out of the state.
He said since the traditional institutions were closer to the grassroots, they should always be vigilant on those who enter their communities.
Governor Bello noted that from the information he gathered, the robbery attacks were well coordinated as the attacks on the Divisional Police Station and the two commercial banks were carried out simultaneously which shows that it was a well orchestrated plan.
He therefore charged the traditional institutions in the state to hr more proactive in monitoring those who come into their communities regularly.
Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago Tafida III had earlier complained that the emirate was not being properly policed.
He cried out against insecurity and the dearth of Policemen and other sister security agencies in his domain.
The traditional ruler said his repeated outcries over the porous state of communities in his domain several times prior to the recent attacks had fallen on deaf ears.
The monarch enlisted the assistance of the state government to press for the deployment of more security personnel to secure lives and property of innocent citizens in the emirate.
Seven victims of the broad day robbery attacks are still being admitted in hospitals in the state capital and elsewhere.

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