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Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello says not less than 50 villages across five Local Government Areas have been deserted causing a humanitarian crisis in the State.
The Governor revealed this at a workshop on strategies for enhancing Internally Generated Revenue of Local Government Councils in Minna,Niger State .
“As we speak we have not less that 50 villages deserted across 5 local governments now where do we get the resources to take care of them if 80% of our resources goes to those that do not add value to the system?
“Now we have to deal with humanitarian problems and security problems all these require resources that we do not have. So the only way we can survive is to increase our IGR. “At the moment we have over 3,000 IDPs in Minna, apart from other local governments, he said.
NewsWireNGR reports that while on a visit to over 3000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Shiroro and Munya local government areas taking refuge in Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Primary School Minna, the Governor expressed concern over the manner at which wives of the locals have been taking over by Boko Haram members.
“They’ve taken over the territory, they’ve installed their flag. I am confirming that now. They’ve taken over the wives of people by force”, he said. He said, “Boko Haram elements are trying to use these areas as their home just like they did in Sambisa”.
Bulus Asu a resident of Kuchi in Munya LGA while explaining their ordeal, said that the entire Kuchi has been deserted in the past three months. Asu added that they were entering Niger State territory from Kaduna through Kapana village kidnapping people and raping women.
He mentioned Kuchi, Guni, Gini, Chiri, Fuka and Kapana as villages among others that have been faced with banditry issues for the past three years.
Reacting to the situation, Governor Sani Bello said though he has not lost hope in the Federal Government, he is not going to wait anymore, adding that time has come to see reasons for a coordinated military actions to take place. “I have not lost hope from the federal government but I am not waiting for anyone anymore”, he added.