North-West Governors Review Security Operation, Extend Deadline
The North-west Governors comprising the Governor of Niger, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna and Kano state met over the weekend in Kaduna to review the progress of the special joint security operations that is ongoing in and around communities and forests of the North western region of the country.
Speaking on behalf of the governors, Katsina state governor, Amino Bello Masari, stated that the joint military operations is aimed at tackling the menace of armed banditry, cow rustling, insurgency, herdsmen and farmers clashes and other forms of criminality bedeviling the region, especially within the Kamuku, Kuyambana, Rugu and Falgore forests, amongst others.
Masari said, the governors agreed to extend the operations beyond the six months earlier agreed on so as to ensure that lives and properties of those in the region are protected.
He said, “In our meeting, we have unanimously agreed that the operation will continue beyond the six months earlier agreed upon, in order to ensure further protection of lives and properties. One of the challenges with the operation was the rain, but now that the rain has receded, the operations can effectively continue.”
On the alleged Boko Haram members found in Jigawa state, Masari said security agencies are working tirelessly to ensure that insurgents don’t have a safe haven in the region.
He also noted that, they are working hard to also address the issue of Almajiri, education and poverty alleviation. “Extensive study has been done by the Kano state government and the recommendations would be passed on to other governors, which we asked them to take very serious.”