Niger State has been plagued by insecurity in recent years, and the state government is exploring newer ways to tackle the menace.
The Niger State Government has appealed to traditional and community leaders to contribute their quota to intelligence gathering to help tackle insecurity in the state.
Binta Mamman, Commissioner for Information in Niger state, made the appeal during a news conference to commemorate 63rd Nigeria’s independence anniversary in Minna on Monday.
She said traditional and community leaders played critical roles in the lives of the citizens, adding that intelligence reports from them were critical in maintaining security.
Mamman said Governor Umaru Bago had repositioned the traditional institution by restoring their dignity when he paid Sallah homage to the eight emirates across the state.
According to her, instead of the usual Sallah visit by the traditional rulers to the governor, the governor decided to visit them.
She solicited the support of the traditional rulers to enable the present administration to actualise it’s dream of transforming the state into an enviable New Niger State.
She added that as part of efforts to address security challenges, the governor donated 20 operational vehicles to security agencies to checkmate proliferation of illicit drugs and curb other forms of crimes in the state.