Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has called on the National Assembly and the Federal Government to recruit more security personnel to address the shortage of manpower.
The Governor made the call when members of the National Assembly representing the State visited him to commiserate with the government over the recent abduction of students and teachers of Government Science College, Kagara.
He expressed concern over the rising insecurity in the state in particular and the country in general.
Bello noted that the security agencies had been overstretched with insufficient surveillance equipment to manage security challenges.
“We have been making all efforts to ensure insecurity is curtailed but it’s being extremely difficult mostly because of manpower shortage and lack of equipment.
“The strength of the Police in Niger is just about 4,000. It used to be 14,000 for the state alone. You can see the police are overstretched and I believe it is the same with the military,” he said.
He hereby call for a collective effort between the lawmakers and the state executives to make the Federal Government expedite action towards the recruitment of more security agents.
Governor Bello meanwhile said that work is in progress to ensure the release of the captives abducted by bandits last Tuesday.