Abubakar Bello, Niger State governor, has promised to arm the vigilante groups in the state with pump-action, to enable them confront bandits and other security threats.
Speaking at Kasuwan Garba in Mariga Local Government Area of the state when he met with over 200 members of the vigilante in the area, Bello said the security volunteer groups would be armed to confront “these enemies of the people across the state,” according to Daily Trust.
The visit is said to be part of his effort to boost morale of vigilante groups across the state.
The state is currently facing increasing attacks by bandits, which often lead to killings and kidnappings.
It has been reported that some bandits in Niger and other states in the North-west have called for the disbanding of the vigilante groups, saying it is only on the condition that they will lay down their arms and embrace peace.
However, the governor said there is no amount of threat from the bandits that will force the government to disband the vigilante groups in the state.
“We are not going to disband the vigilante as a result of threat from the bandits.
“Even when banditry activities in the state are stopped, the vigilante will still be there to provide security in the local government areas,” he said.