Governors from the North West states and Niger met in Kaduna on Wednesday to review the security situation in the zone.
Speaking at the opening, Gov. Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Chairman of the North West Governors Forum, said the meeting was a continuation of efforts to address banditry and cattle rustling in the zone.
Masari said, “We were able to achieve certain level of success with regards to cattle rustling
“But over time the criminality has degenerated to kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities within our states.’’
He said the meeting was to plan measures to arrest the situation, adding that they thought it wise to come to Kaduna to review what had been done.
“We are here to address the situation in the North West and Niger state.
“We are also here to review what had happened and the next steps to be taken as governors and security chiefs who are saddled with the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of our people.”
The governors of Katsina, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states as well as Kano state Deputy Governor attended the meeting. (NAN)