Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has accused the Federal Government of abandoning the state to its fate in efforts to rescue abducted students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara.
When the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu, paid him a sympathy visit at Government House, Minna, yesterday,the governor expressed his frustration and said that though the federal government initially sent a delegation to the state just after the kidnap but the state government had been left alone to bear the financial responsibility.
“The Federal Government has sent a delegation to the state and deployed additional 300 mobile policemen but the state government has been left to shoulder all the financial responsibility, so where is the support”, he complained.
“At the moment, we have not seen any federal support here since this incident occurred. Yes, we had a delegation that came to commiserate with us but we are left to our fate”, he complained further.
But the governor, however, gave an assurance that with or without the support of the Federal Government, that the state government had already taken steps inorder to rescue the abducted students and staffs.
“We will use whatever means and resources within our disposal to make sure the children return home safely”, he confidently said.
Earlier, the Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, said he was in Minna to sympathize with the government and people of Niger State over the recent security challenges and the abduction of innocent school children and staffs by bandits.
Orji beckons on the Federal Government as a matter of necessity, to establish a joint security committee in the state and other troubled parts of the country to combat the activities of bandits.
“This is why I am calling on the Federal Government to set up a joint security committee in the state to wage a total war against the bandits and defeat them, finally,’’ he said.