GOVERNOR ABUBAKAR SANI BELLO RECEIVES ITEMS FOR IDPS …SAYS WE ARE DEALING WITH CRIMINALS NOT BANDITS Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State says the insecurity in some part of the state would have been worst if not for the proactive steps of the government and security agents. Governor Sani Bello stated this when the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria community from Niger State presented food items and other essential relief materials to the Governor at the government house Minna for onward delivery to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the state. He reiterated the concerns of government about the security challenges in not just the state but the entire northern region and the country at large despite the huge resources deployed to tackle the menace. The Governor noted that the criminals are taking advantage of the landmass of the state to make the fight against terrorism more difficult. While appreciating the kind gesture of the donor, the Governor acknowledged that there were those in dire need particularly those forcefully made to leave their homes due to the continuous criminal attacks. "We are dealing with criminal elements, and the landmass is making it difficult. “Let me also mention that we will try as much as possible not to keep IDPs, we want to discourage IDPs because once you accept that, then you are into a different problem", he explained. He urged the ABU community to continue to relate with the government and provide meaningful suggestions that would be of great benefits to all in the state. Speaking to newsmen, the leader of the group Prof Nasir Maiturare, former Vice Chancellor IBB University Lapai, Niger State explained that the donation was out of concern for the government and people affected by the criminal activities of terrorists. He prayed for an end to the insecurity and assured of their continued support to the government. Some of the items donated are 40 bags of 50kg rice, 8 bags of 100kg beans, milk, palm oil and blankets amongst others. Mary Noel-Berje Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State.