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Nigerien, Not Nigerian, Army Protecting Sokoto From Bandits, Says Senator

Senator Ibrahim Gobir, representing Sokoto East Senatorial District, has said the Nigerian Army has abandoned his constituents to attacks by bandits, saying they now rely on Nigerien military for protection.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) member said the personnel of the Nigerian Army often ignore distress calls of residents.

He said this on Tuesday while seconding the motion moved by Sabi Abdullahi, the Deputy Chief Whip, on the order given by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian soldiers to flush out bandits from some states.

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“There is no protection for my people in the Sokoto East Senatorial District because of the incessant attacks of the bandits.

“At least 300 people have either been killed or kidnapped in the last three months while over 5,780 cows valued at N2.5 billion had been stolen.

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“We are even appealing to the Federal Government through the Senate for reparation.

“We now rely on the Nigerien Army that is helping us since our Nigerian soldiers have abandoned us.

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“When we call the Nigerian Army whose personnel are a few kilometres away, we won’t get an instant response but the Nigerien soldiers, who are in about five kilometers away, will quickly move in and ward off the intruders.

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“At the moment, the Nigerians in Sokoto East are relocating to Niger Republic because they are no longer save in Nigeria,” he said.

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