Gov Bello has proposed that traditional rulers should be given security votes to help curtail the increase in crime rate across the country.
Speaking on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 on the increase of crime in the state during a courtesy visit by the Niger Council of Traditional Rulers, Gov Bello said he had lost confidence in Nigeria’s security agencies.
"Despite the huge amounts voted and given to security agencies monthly, they have failed in making the state and nation safer as crime seems to have become the order of the day,” he began.
“We spend a lot of money on security but we do not have a safe environment. In Niger State, we spend N100m every month on security, I am sure that if we spend a fraction of that money on traditional rulers, we will get better results than what we have now.
"I suggest that we go back to the traditional ways of securing our communities, the traditional system performed better in the past and they can do better now if more powers are given to them. I recommend that we give powers to traditional rulers for security," he said.
Gov Bello's opinion is coming just as opinion and thought leaders are beginning to clamour for state policing and decongestion of the Federal Government's duties.