The Niger State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Vatsa has warned against politicizing the recent crisis between the military and Gbagyi villagers in Kpaidna, Legbe-dagma, Bambe, Kopa, Lunku and surrounding villages in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State to be politicized.
Vatsa, in a statement in Minna, maintained that the Government of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello places utmost premium on the security of lives and property and would spare nothing legitimately possible within its obligation to ensure peace and security in the state.
The commissioner, on behalf of the government, appealed to all political leaders in the state to guard their utterances in order not to jeopardize the peace currently enjoyed in the affected areas.
He said, “Government believes that issues of security should not be used for political advantage and politics should not be played with issues bordering on security, especially when it involves a strategic organisation like the military.
“We are aware of our obligation to the people, to the extent that we will not allow our people to be unduly subjected to any harassment and intimidation. But situation like this calls for calm. Which is why, we, as a government, chose to thoroughly find out the details of what happened before knowing the best steps to take in order to avoid future occurrences.”
While calling on the security agencies in the state to always synergize among themselves, he called on them not to break the rules of engagements and trample on the right of the people as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.
Meanwhile, a Gbagyi youth organization, Gbagnu Boknu Yakwo Association , has called for the release of innocent Gwarri people arrested in the incidence by the military, while calling on the federal government and the Hunan Right organisations to investigate the incidence thoroughly.
Niger State govt warns against politicising military, Gbagyi villagers’ clash
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