Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has commended the joint security operatives stationed in Kundu village, under Rafi Local Government Area of the State for repelling attack by armed bandits.
The governor’s commendation was made known by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noe-Berje, via a statement on Sunday.
The statement reveal that the attack claimed lives of unspecified number of bandits and two security personnel.
Bello gave the commendation when he visited the security camp at Kundu Community to commiserate with the security personnel and to cheer them up.
He assured them that the security situation in the area would be reviewed to make it better.
The Governor said he is impressed with the response by the security agents and promised to support family members of the slain personnel, pointing out that the state has enjoyed relative peace in recent times.
He, however, acknowledged that no society is completely free of security challenges, assuring that his government will do its best to reduce the rate of insecurity to the barest minimum.
“No place is 100 percent safe but we will do whatever it takes to bring back relative peace. We are investing in security equipments and other logistics to help in the fight and to reduce casualty,” he said.
In the visit, the Governor had a closed door interaction with the heads of Security Agencies who were also part of his entourage, camp commander and other relevant stakeholders to get more insight on the foiled attack and as well suggested ways forward.
He equally inspected where the bandits used as hideouts and cover to launch the attack.
Recall that armed bandits, recently launched an attack on men of Operation Puff Adder, a Federal government intervention team and members of the state security outfit which was constituted to fight banditry in the area.
The armed bandits numbering over 100, were said to have arrived the security camp at about 9am in the morning and engaged the joint security agents in gun battle which lasted for about two hours.
The bandits were said to have suffered heavy casualty while the security agents lost two personnel and two others sustained injuries.