Be Security Conscious, Niger Govt Advises Citizens
By Joy Simon
As part of measures to guaranteed peaceful Christmas and New Year celebrations, Niger State government has called on citizens to be conscious and to report any suspicious movements and gatherings to security agencies.
The need for Nigerlites to strengthen their vigilance during the Christmas and New Year season has become necessary to detect people with evil intents, including members of the Boko-Haram who may have infiltrated the society to attack soft targets during the festivities.
State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, stated that every Nigerlite has a role to play on security while as government is ready to leverage on the already established synergy between security agencies to provide security for all.
For the security agencies to effectively secure lives and properties, the people must be ready to play their part by providing information on the activities of people with questionable character in their respective domain across the state.
Though Niger State has always been peaceful, Vatsa said that the government would not take chances but act on the warning by the federal government that members of the Boko-Haram dislodged from their stronghold have melted into the general public hence people should be security conscious.
“We want to caution Nigerlites in line with the federal government’s warnings that members of the Boko-Haram planned to attack soft targets during the Christmas and New Year hiding under the yuletide to commit crimes”, he stated.
According to the commissioner, “The change agenda needed peaceful atmosphere for development to thrive and we emphasized here that nothing will deter the present administration from ensuring that Nigerlites enjoy the outcome of the change they voted for.
“As law-abiding citizens, we must monitor strangers in our midst and expose mischief makers whose intent is to deny us of the peace we all cherish by giving information to the police on the activities of unpatriotic Nigerians by raising the alarm”.