My people will defend themselves if govt fails – Senator Sani Musa

.Bandits kill four policemen, five civilians in fresh attacks in Kagara, Shiroro

By Ummi Ismaeel,

Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, representing Niger-East Senatorial District in Niger State has for the umptent time pleaded with the Federal Government of Nigeria to set up a military base in some local government areas that have been under attack by armed bandits.

Musa made appeal, while reacting to renewed attacks by armed bandits at Kundu and Yakila in Rafi Local Government Area, which left at least four policemen dead, many villagers wounded and kidnapped.
The latest attack on Monday in Erena, Shiroro Local Government Area also led to the loss of at least three persons and hundreds displaced.

The lawmaker in a statement signed by Sagir Tafida, the legislative aide to Senator Sani Musa, expressed displeasure over the seeming inability of the federal government to find lasting solution to the security challenge in Niger-East.
His words: “My heart is pained seeing the bloodletting in my constituency. Women are raped and killed. Men are maimed and children rendered fatherless. This development is really sad, especially that it has remained a recurring decimal.
“We have made several appeals to the federal government, we paid courtesy visit to His Excellency the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari on our predicament. But, no end to these marauders carnage as they keep killing and maiming our people.

“The youths in my constituency have decided henceforth to defend themselves in view of the failure of the federal government to address the lingering challenge. We have tried to calm them down all this while, assuring them of federal government’s intervention.
“Now they have lost hope, and are deciding to defend themselves in any way they can, as they lost hope that the federal government will do any justice to their plights.”
Musa recalled several appeals to President Buhari to direct Nigerian Army to set up permanent base in some of the affected local government areas to help scare away the armed bandits.
According to him, the military base would be better than the current makeshift arrangement where troops are only deployed when there is an attack and withdrawn as soon as there is relative calmness only for the bandits to attack almost immediately.
Since the renewed attacks by bandits in Niger East, at least 500 lives had been lost, and thousands of people displaced, thousands of cattle also rustled while properties worth millions of Naira had been destroyed.

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