Abubakar Bello, Niger State governor, has claimed that some politicians in his cabinet are aiding and abetting banditry by giving them information.
Bello, however, vowed that his administration will not be intimidated by the bandits and their cohorts.
The governor stated this on Tuesday at the launch of special vigilante corps in the state.
He lamented that decisions taken by his government in meetings are leaked to the bandits.
“There are politicians and others in government corridors who give out information to these criminals. Even when we hold meetings, a few moments later, the bandits will be saying the governor has said this and that. I cannot trust anybody anymore”, he stated.
Apparently referring to the abduction of 136 pupils of Tanko Salihu Islamiyya School, Tegina, Bello said it is unfortunate that some people are eager to make money at the expense of children who are between the ages of three and 11.
“They said I should bring money so that they can bring the children and I asked them, where will they find the children?” he said.
The governor added that the bandits have forced the people of the state to change their way of life and abandon their normal activities.
“They stopped our children from going to school, stopped us from travelling on our roads, stopped farmers from going to the farm and now they are trying to stop our children from going to Islamic school,” he lamented.
“We will not be intimidated. We will not allow that to happen. We will continue to live our normal lives.”
On the new security group, he said the state government will donate 10 operational vehicles and 20 motorcycles to the Special Vigilante Corps, who he urged to clear the miscreants that have been disturbing residents of Minna for months.