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'No Support From Federal Government'

Niger State Governor Abubakar Bello on Thursday said the Federal Government has shown little commitment to helping his administration facilitate the freedom of 41 students and staff of Government Science Secondary School, Kagara.

After the abduction on February 17, President Muhammadu Buhari had swiftly mandated security agencies to ensure the safety of the abductees.

But Bello, a Peoples Democratic Party Governor, appeared to suggest that the President’s words have not translated into action. He, however, reiterated his administration’s commitment to bring back home the abducted persons.

“At the moment, we do not feel any federal presence here,” he said. “The Inspector-General of Police sent us four mobile units but we are to shoulder the financial responsibilities. So, where is the support? There is no support from anyone. Yes, we had a delegation (Federal Government delegation) that came to visit and commiserate with us but that was all. So, we are left to ourselves.”

Muhammadu Buhari: In a meeting with Northern Governors and traditional rulers, the President said his administration will deal decisively with the problem of banditry and insurgency.

Prosecution: Meanwhile, the Police have arrested and paraded 48 suspects arrested for various crimes such as kidnapping, armed robbery, cyber-crime, and cattle rustling.



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