From Isa Dangana, Minna
Niger State Government has confirmed the number of students abducted by bandits at the Salihu Tanko Islamic School, Tegina, in Rafi Local Government Area as 136.
The state deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso confirmed the number while giving an update on the situation, at the Government House, Minna, recently.
He gave assurance to the parents of the abducted children that the government was doing its best for the safe return of the students and reiterated the readiness of the government to give continued support to the security agencies.
The deputy governor disclosed that the state government has so far provided support to the security agencies including distribution of various operational vehicles.
“We have so far given 89 operational vehicles, 283 operational motorcycles, 30 bicycles, four tri-cycles in addition to funding the various security operations in the state that include: Karamin Goro, Sharan Daji, Girgizan Daji, Gama Aiki, Ayem Akpatuma I & II, Puff Adder I & II,” he said.
He added that 70 Nissan vehicles and 2,300 motorcycles as mobility support have been provided to the vigilante corps in the state.
He said that the security agencies were doing their best but don’t have enough logistics, saying intervention from the Federal Government was needed to equip them so that they confront the bandits.
The deputy governor said that the security agencies were being careful in the pursuit of bandits to avoid collateral damage.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced the total ban of commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada in Minna the state capital.
Alhaji Ketso said the ban took effect from yesterday June 3, 2021, which was to ensure that the state capital is safe, however, he stated that private motorcycles are allowed to operate but with restriction.