Governors seek EU support for tackling insecurity in Northwest Nigeria

Governors seek EU support for tackling insecurity in Northwest Nigeria
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
March 26, 2021 

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The Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari on Thursday led his counterparts from Zamfara and Sokoto States to the office of the European Union in Abuja to ask for the support of the union for fighting the escalating insecurity in the North-west Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria.

The spokesman for the Katsina State Governor, Abdulhadi Bawa, said in a statement that the governors held a closed-door meeting with officials of the EU Mission in Nigeria led by Ambassador Ketil Karlsen.

The meeting according to Bawa, deliberated on the various challenges bedeviling the North-west region, most especially, that of security.

The spokesperson said the meeting provided them the opportunity to solicit more assistance from the EU and other members of the diplomatic community that was present at the meeting.

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal while commenting on the issue at stake, stated that the meeting availed the Mission with first-hand information from the governors on the security situation of the entire region.

The information, the governors said, will pave way for the EU and the other parties to evaluate and handpick the areas in which they can offer their assistance and intervention.

Earlier, the head of the EU Mission in Nigeria, Ambassador Karlsen, told newsmen that the EU and other international communities are eager to help the North-West zone in creating the enabling environment and support to bring about the desired development.

The North-west region is currently ravaged by violent crimes including kidnapping, banditry, looting of food and livestock, and killings that have caused mass displacement of residents.

In Zamfara, one of the worst-hit states in the zone, a committee set up by the government to find solutions to banditry in the state in its report said over N3 billion had been collected by bandits as ransom in the State.

The report, which covered June 2011 to May 29, 2019, said the money was collected from the relatives of 3,672 victims,

It also said 4,983 women were widowed, 25,050 children orphaned and 190,340 persons displaced by banditry over nine years in the state.

Also, it said Fulani herdsmen lost 2,015 cattle, 141 sheep and goats, 2,600 donkeys and camels to rustlers, while 147,800 vehicles, motorcycles, and others were set ablaze at different times and locations within the period under review.