By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has directed the new Commissioner of Police, Niger State Police Command, Dibal Paul Yakadi to fish out the culprits behind the attacks at the Lapai Divisional Police Station and two commercial banks to bring them to book.
A band of armed robbers had penultimate Wednesday attacked the Divisional Police Station and two commercial banks in Lapai town and killed three Policemen during the attacks and wounded seven other victims.
Governor Sani Bello issued the directive on Wedsday when he paid a sympahy visit to the Emir of Lapai, Engineer Umar Bago Tafida over the attacks on the two banks and Lapai Divisional Police Station.
The Governor was accompanied on the visit by the new Police Commissioner in the state and other security chiefs.
He expressed shock and concerns over the attacks just as he directed the Police boss to hit the ground and bring the culprits to book.
He said “the attack on this town was unacceptable and the dastardly act is not tolerated. The Police must go after these enemies of the state and fish them out no matter how long it takes,” the Governor directed.
While commesirating with the Commissioner of Police and the management of the two banks, the Governor condemned the killing of the Policemen attached to one of the banks and those who were on duty at the Divisional Police Station.
At the Lapai Divisional Police station, the Governor frowned at the porous state of the station and directed the Chairman of Lapai Local Government to construct a paraface round the station to secure the place.
The Governor also decried the destruction wrought on the two banks by the dare devil armed robbers during the attack on the banks and called for vigilance by citizens.
He said from the evidence on the buildings of the two banks, the attacks were well coordinated by criminally minded elements.
The Governor said the state government would assist families of the deceased victims of the attack but sued for citizens’ participation in community policing to enhance security surveillance.