How Ungoverned Spaces Fuel Insecurity In Niger – Ex-Commissioner



By Sumaila Ogbaje

Mr Emmanuel Umar, a former Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs in Niger, says the wide uncovered spaces in the state helped to breed terrorism, banditry and other criminalities.

Umar said this while delivering a lecture titled, “Ungoverned Spaces and National Security: A Personal Perspective”, at the Nigerian Army Heritage and Future Centre, on Thursday Abuja.

He defined ungoverned spaces as areas that lack effective governance and control by legitimate authority which can exist within boundaries of a country and in various forms.

Umar said that ungoverned  spaces had presented significant challenges and remained a huge threat to national security, especially in Niger which has the largest landmass in Nigeria.

According to him, the state has  76,363 square kilometers of land and is bordered by six states of Kwara, Kogi, FCT, Kaduna, Zamfara and Kebbi, as well as Benin Republic.

“It has over 2,500 communities and 96 Forest…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria