Bandits have forced residents to flee over 50 villages in Niger, state governor says

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State has disclosed that no fewer than 50 villages in five local government areas in the state have been deserted due to attacks by bandits.

The governor made the disclosure on Monday in Minna, the state capital, while opening a two-day training workshop for local government directors and revenue officers.

He said, “Presently, we have over 3,000 internally displaced persons camping in Minna, aside the ones we have in local government areas. Where do we get the resources to take care of them?

“It is time we cut down on our expenditure, come together to see how we can address issues of ghost workers and those looting the state of its resources.”

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