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Senator: 5,000 Nigerians have moved to Niger Republic for safety


Senator representing Sokoto east, Ibrahim Gobir has revealed that not less than 5,000 Nigerians have moved to Niger Republic for safety.

He stated this at the plenary session on Tuesday.

This was made known while senator representing Niger north Sabi Abdullahi raised a motion on the need to enhance security operations in Niger state.

Gobir, while contributing to the debate on the motion, said the situation in Sokoto state is “pathetic.”

The senator said while the Nigerien army was protecting Nigerians and its citizens from banditry and other criminal activities, Nigeria’s military “looks the other way round.”

He said, “The situation in Sokoto east as far as armed banditry is concerned is pathetic and tragic because it is only the Nigerien army that has been coming to their rescue while the Nigerian Army looks the other way round.

“Based on very reliable and verifiable information from the area, many a time, the people of the affected areas called on Nigerian army for help and protection against the bandits but no response.

“The Nigerien army has been assisting in wading off the bandits, the very reason why not less than 5,000 people in the affected areas have migrated to Niger Republic for safety.”

  • According to him, the affected people only get help from Niger Republic and not from Nigeria “be it from the military or the police.”

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