Abubakar Bello, Niger State governor, on Monday, lamented that most of the bandits terrorising parts of the country are foreigners hired to cause problems.
Bello said this while inaugurating about 1,000 combined security agents tasked to ensure the rescue of the 136 abducted students of Salihu Tanko Islamiya School in Tegina, Rafi Local Government Area of the state recently.
The agencies comprise the military, police, civil defence and vigilantes.
The governor also said the country must make sure that the bandits are not successful in altering the way people live.
“Most of these Bandits are from outside the country,” he said in his address to the agents.
“They are hired to cause problems for us. It is not the habit of the true Fulani to indulge in this kind of act.
“Nigerians must try their best not make them succeed in forcing us to change our normal lives.
“These bandits are well organised and coordinated. We can not fold our arms anymore but to take decisive and necessary steps to apprehend those involved, both the informants and the bandits.
“They started by displacing farmers from their farmlands. Next they moved to burning farms, then moved to kidnappings and forcing us to close our schools. Now they have started attacking Islamic schools, only God knows what is next”, he said.
Bello, who earlier met with parents of the 136 kidnapped students of the Islammiya School and other stakeholders at the palace of the Emir of Kagara, Ahmed Garba Gunna, commiserated with them and urged them to exercise patience, as government is exploring all avenues to make sure their children are returned safe.
“Even though we have ruled out payment of ransom, it is time for government to take decisive measures towards ending the bandits activities that is forcefully changing the lives of the people especially in the rural areas.
“The abductors are not honest. They are not honourable. After agreeing with parents they started shifting goal post and now we are here to take action,” he added.