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Nigeria in drive to curb bloody ethnic tensions

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – SECURITY agencies and vigilante groups in Nigeria’s
biggest state have received vehicles to enable them fight the deadly clashes between villagers and nomadic cattle herders.
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has presented the 29
vehicles in the state capital Minna.
He expressed concern at the increasing rate of security challenges faced by locals, especially the rural dwellers.
Bello reassured the people of the state his resolve to adequately provide logistics to para-military agencies in a bid to take the battle to the door steps of criminally minded individuals in the state.
“We are committed to making Niger State safer,” he assured.
“It has become necessary to assist the vigilante groups and security
agencies in the state with operational vehicles so that they can move
around and provide a safer state for us.”
The governor commended the efforts of security agencies in the state and charged them to re-double their efforts at ridden the state of criminals.
Niger is among regions affected by farmer-herder violence since the advent of democracy in 1999.
Thousands of people have been killed and scores more displaced.
– CAJ News