19 Northern states have indicated their interest to fight against banditry in the northern region. This the governors made known through a teleconferencing meeting chaired by the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau state Simon Lalong, to discuss the insecurity in the northern states like Kaduna, Zamfara , Sokoto and the likes.
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF), expresses concern at the rate at which innocent citizens are victimized by bandits. It could be recalled that in Kaduna state the rate of kidnapping is on the rise as people are even scared of going to the farm for the fear of the unknown.
The NGF sets two standing committees, one of the committees on security is to be headed by Yahaya Bello the Governor of Kogi state, its mandate is to strengthened security measures in the region, this committee has as its members the governors of Zamfara and Sokoto states respectively.
In a similar development, Dr. Makut Simon Macham Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum attested to the fact that the governor have set up another committee to be chaired by Governor Simon Lalong and this committee will be saddled with the responsibility of making consultations with the traditional, community and religious leaders so as to enlarge the security coverage within the region. The governors also agreed to engage the services of hunter, community watch dog and local vigilantes so as to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the citizens.
Still on insecurity, the U.S. Government condemns the frequent killings in Kaduna, Taraba and Borno states asking the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to use military intervention to end this ugly menace. In a statement released on Thursday 18th June, 2020, the U.S expressed her disapproval over the risk in attacks in northern part of the country and ask the Nigerian government to man up in the fight against insecurity.
The U.S Secretary of state, Michael Pompeo also registered her condolences over the loss of lives in the recent ISIS West Africa attacks in the Northeast that let to loss of lives and properties, Mr Pompeo said this while interacting with the minister of foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama through a telephone discussion on the successes and failures of the fight against Covid 19 pandemic in the country.