Niger spend N5bn in tackling security challenges – SSG

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The Niger State Government says it has so far expended the sum of N5 billion in addressing security challenges in the state.

This is according to the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane in Minna.

He explained that the funds were spent on logistics and equipment for security agencies, Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, flood victims among others.

Out of the N5b, the state government spokesman said over N300m was spent on the IDPs displaced from their ancestral homes by bandits, while N303 was expended on victims of floods in the state.

Matane also decried the lack of manpower of the Police in Niger State despite its large landmass, arguing, that there are less than 8,000 policemen in the state.

”This means that 70 percent of the people have no police to help secure their lives,”.

He noted that a total of 151,380 persons have so far been displaced by the activities of bandits in the state within the last two years.

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He said the affected local governments are Rafi, Shiroro, Bosso, Munya, Paiko, Mariga, Kontagora, Mashegu, Wushishi.

“Though, the security challenges are more in five to six local governments, Munya, Shiroro, Rafi, Mariga, Mashegu, Lapai and Borgu. All the LGs share borders with neighbouring states. Munya shares with Kaduna, Mariga, Rafi with Zamfara and Kaduna, Mashegu with Kebbi, while Lapai with the Federal Capital Territory, FCT and Kogi, Borgu with neighbouring countries of Benin Republic and Niger,” the SSG added.

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