- The security challenges in the country has raised concern among northern elders
- The Board of Trustees of the ACF met in Kaduna to discuss this problem
- The elders expressed worry over the rise in attack in the region
The Board of Trustees of the Arewa Consultative Forum has held a meeting over the security challenges in the country particularly in the north.
Daily Trust reports that the board met in Kaduna on Wednesday, April 10, to discuss the rising cases of banditry and other forms of crimes in the region.
Sources at the meeting said the board expressed worry that despite its condemnation of the situation in its last meeting, the problem has persisted.
The source said: “It is expected that these things would be discussed, the security situation in the northern part of the country and the economic challenges in the north. But we don’t normally go public with what was discussed at the BOT because it still has to go to the NWC for deliberations."
Meanwhile, the Senate has proposed that a N10 billion intervention be made part of the 2019 Budget to assist persons displaced by banditry in Zamfara.
This followed a motion by Senator Kabiru Marafa on Wednesday, April 10, at the Upper Chamber.
The Senate further called for establishment of a 10-year Presidential Initiative to cater to the needs of displaced persons affected by banditry in the state.
Presenting the motion, Marafa said recent public protest staged in Abuja and Nigerians in the Diasporas was a reaction to the deteriorating state of insecurity in Zamfara. He said there was need to commend those who staged the protest for their show of support and to sustain the solidarity.
The lawmaker lamented that the activities of armed bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers for ransom in villages and communities had remained unabated in the state.
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