The Niger government has called on the Inspector General Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, to station Marine Police Divisions in communities living around riverbanks in the state.
The call is contained in a statement signed by Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.
Vatsa, in the statement made available to the News of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Minna, said that the measure would prevent further attacks on affected communities in Mokwa, Muye, Kacha, and Agaie local government areas.
“The attacks have been massive and are likely to get worse with the Baro Port coming up. The presence of marine policemen would check the movement of the attackers because they use ferry boats.
“The marine police specialise in tackling crime along the creeks and waterways; crimes are being committed along the waterways in Niger, so we need such professionals to help us,” he said.
Vatsa, who confirmed that 27 persons were killed and scores wounded in the recent attack on Etogi Community in Gbara area of Mokwa, noted that the attackers sneaked in through the waterways.
“That attack on Etogi would have been prevented by the marine police. We are optimistic that a well coordinated approach to securing the nation’s maritime domain, especially the waterways in Niger, will secure lives,” he said.
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