- Some northern governors met with Ibrahim Gambari on Tuesday, June 23, over insecurity issues
- Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara was present at the meeting
- Matawalle revealed that other governors in the region also attended the crucial meeting
Ibrahim Gambari, the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 23, summoned some northern governors over issues of insecurity in the region.
One of the attendees of the meeting, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara told journalists at the State House in Abuja that the meeting was convened by Gambari at the National Security Adviser’s office, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said: “We discussed intensively about the security issue in Northern Nigeria, not just in Zamfara.
"We met in the National Security Adviser’s office with northern governors and the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies. We discussed extensively on the issue of insecurity."
Matawalle disclosed that the major topic of discussion was the menace of insecurity, especially in the northern geopolitical region.
Concerning what his government is doing to curtail the rate of violent crimes, the governor explained that the administration is employing the carrot-and-stick approach for criminals.
He revealed that repentant bandits who have been profiled in the state are reintegrated into society.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, had attributed the recent banditry activities in some local government areas of the state to the ongoing security operations in Kastina and Zamfara states.
Bello who also serves as the chairman northcentral governors forum urged the people especially those in affected areas to be calm.
He disclosed this while briefing reporters in Minna on the outcome of security meetings held with the heads of security commands in the state.
While reiterating his determination to ensuring the safety of lives and property, Bello assured residents that the government will do whatever it takes to improve on the security situation.
The governor went on to express concern over the security situation and said certain measures have been identified to curb the challenge.
“I am deeply concerned at the turn of events and have come up with different measures to curtail it. We are taking concrete steps to make Niger State safer,” he said.
This came three days after Governor Bello was summoned by the Niger state House of Assembly to explain to the failure of his administration to address the incessant bandit attacks in the state.
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