Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State advocated the review of the Nigerian intelligence network to enhance intelligence gathering and fight against crimes.
The Governor stated this at the 2nd Shinkafi Intelligence and Security Summit organized by the Umaru Shinkafi Legacy Foundation, held in Abuja.
The theme of the Summit was “Socio-economic Implications of kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria”.
Governor Sani Bello who gave an insight into how Niger state is battling with insecurity since the inception of his administration said the government tried a reconciliatory approach which did not yield many results as the perpetrators were mere criminals, who are not ready to change their criminal behaviours owing to its lucrative nature.
He noted that his administration took a decision not to pay ransom to criminals.
On the issue of State Police, Governor Sani Bello said, it is time for every Nigerian to welcome the idea of state police as the country’s population had increased tremendously.
The Niger State Governor suggested that incorporating vigilantes in fighting insecurity would curb insecurity.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state, Waziri Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, Hope Uzodimma of Imo state ; Segun Awosanya, and Halifax Zara’u Idris who were part of the discussion panel moderated by Prof. Mahmud Jega stressed the need for government at all levels to ensure access to functional education, food, health and youths engagement in order to curtail insecurity in the country.
The Emir of Zauzau Amb Ahmed Nuhu Bamali, who addressed the gathering virtually, described Shinkafi as a man of impeccable character and commended the organizers of the event.