Worried by the rise in banditry in parts of the state in the last two months, Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has declared an all-out war on the armed criminals terrorising the state.

Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has expressed shock over the death of Malam Usman Dallau, the Permanent Secretary of the state Planning and Budget Commission.

Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Mrs Mary Berje, in Minna on Saturday, described the deceased as a hard-working, selfless, dedicated and passionate personality whose values would be greatly remembered.

“The late Dalllau had a progressive public service career, having reached the pinnacle of civil service in the state.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of his sudden demise but consoled that he lived a good life and contributed his best to the service of the state and humanity,” the governor said.

He prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the deceased, grant him rest in his final abode and give his family, friends and staff of the ministry the fortitude to bear the loss.

Newsmen report that Dallau who died at the age of 56 in Minna during a brief illness is survived by three wives and 11 children.

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