Northern Governors Meet Security Heads Over Banditry, Insurgency

 Northern Governors Meet Security Heads Over Banditry, Insurgency

Northern states Governors on Tuesday met with heads of security agencies to deliberate on measures to tackle banditry and insurgency in the region.

The security agencies led by the National Security Adviser (NSA) met with the 19 Northern states Governors on Tuesday.

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle, spoke with reporters before he briefed the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, on the security situation in Zamfara.

He told reporters: “I am here to see the Chief of Staff because of the issue of security that is bedevilling Zamfara.”

“We have discussed extensively the issue of insecurity in Northern Nigeria, not just Zamfara.”

“Today (yesterday), Northern governors met in the National Security Adviser’s office with the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies.”

“We discussed seriously on the issue of insecurity and the Chief of Staff invited me today to come and brief him about insecurity in my state which I did.”

He addede that his government is working with some repentant bandits to put an end to the incessant killings.

“We have discussed it and understand where we are going. Zamfara State government and the security are doing their best to ensure we contain insecurity.

 “There are some repentant bandits that have already subscribed to the peace initiative. We are using them. Some that have refused to dialogue, we are fighting them, so we are using both,” he said.

Directorate of Defence Media Operations Coordinator Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement, said the Service Chiefs’ meeting was to develop new strategies to address terrorism, banditry and other criminalities, particularly in the North.

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