The Ohimege Opanda, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi. Photo Chris Nyamtu (Radio Nigeria).
Paramount Traditional ruler in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, the Ohimege Opanda, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi has called on the federal and state governments to device a new strategy to end incessant cases of banditry and kidnapping in the northern parts of the country including Nasarawa state.
Alh. Usman Abdullahi made the call during a chat with newsmen in his palace in Umaisha, Toto local government area of the state on the rising cases of insecurity in the area.
Alhaji Usman said in spite of efforts made by the government to curtail the spate of crime in the state, cases of banditry and kidnapping for ransom had been on the rise in the area.
He stressed the need for the government to adopt a collective approach and new thinking towards ending the trend to give the people some respite.
The traditional ruler pointed out that activities of bandits have led to loss of many lives and property especially around the axis of Nasarawa and Toto Local government areas hence the need for urgent and proactive measures to address the situation.
Alhaji Usman Abdullahi also called on security agencies to intensify surveillance around border Communities between Kogi and Nasarawa States to flush out criminal elements taking refuge in the forests to launch attacks on the people.
The royal father enjoined religious and community leaders to redouble their support for government towards finding a solution to the rising insecurity in the area.