The Niger State Government has said that about 220 persons comprising 165 civilians, 25 security personnel and 30 local vigilantes were killed by bandits in the last 17 days.
Governor Sani Bello, who made this known in Minna, noted that that the bandits were taking citizens on a merry-go-round and only a robust deployment of modern technology would stop their activities.
Bello, spoke with State House Correspondents after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, to update him on the insecurity situation in the area including kidnapping and cattle rustling among others.
He added that even though respite was underway but cannot completely curb the menace 100 per cent until all hands are on deck.
The Governors also noted that his state share borders with Kaduna, Zamfara, and Kebbi States and the bandits have the habit of hibernating between forests, moving from Zamfara to Kebbi, and Kebbi to Niger.