- Nigerians have lamented over the increase in the operations of bandits in Nigeria state
- Travellers and students are reported to be the latest targets of criminal groups in the state
- Citizens have expressed fears that the situation may escalate further
Recent attacks by bandits in the state have prompted social media activists to trend the hashtag, #SecureNigerState.
The cries over the insecurity in the state began on Tuesday, February 16, after a criminal group released a video showing the travellers they abducted on a highway.
The bandits asked the Niger state government to facilitate their release.
While concerned citizens were still coping with actions of daring bandits, another report emerged that some unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked the Government Science College Kagara in Niger state and abducted an undisclosed number of students.
The school abduction was said to have also occurred on Tuesday, February 16.
Some citizens have called on the government to do something urgently about the security challenges in Niger state and in northern Nigeria.
Read some reactions below:
JJ. Omojuwa @Omojuwa said:
''It is clear there is an urgent need to #SecureNigerState. Gunmen with RPGs clearly shows a state of war. More kidnappings of school children means more money to this lot. The FG and State Governments need to do more on national security. We aren’t safe and we all know it!''
Sarkin Kudu @IbraheemMuti said:
''Reports emanating from Kushaka in Kurebe ward in Shiroro Local Government of Niger State suggest terrorists are presently unleashing mayhem on our kinsmen. Pray for us.''
yakub jiya @yakubujiya1 said:
''A state housing two former head of states is on the verge of becoming the banditry and kidnapping hub in the region. I think the last thing we’ll want from them now is seeing them advocate the course to #SecureNigerState and posterity will always remember them for that.
''Imagine Bandits with RPG. Innalillahi wa inna ilaihir rajiun. How did they get this power? They kidnapped people & still record the victims? Yaa salam May Allah protect them & us all may he bring them back to their families safe but please government #SecureNigerState and north.''
Daily Trust reported that Gumi made the statement on an Africa Independent Television (AIT) programme on Tuesday, February 16.
The cleric said if the federal government grants them amnesty, bandits would expose those perpetrating criminality.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.