Insecurity: Northern govs meet with security heads

•Unrepentant bandits will face our wrath ―Matawalle

Amid unabated insecurity in some northern states, governors of the region have met with heads of security agencies in Abuja to explore new ways to tackle the menace.

The meeting was hosted by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major Gen. Babagana Monguno, who last week, revealed President Muhammadu Buhari’s worries over the inability of the heads of security to make progress in the effort to curb insecurity in the country.

Revealing this to State House correspondents on Monday night after a meeting with the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Matawalle said Zamfara State has become one of the epicentres of banditry activities in the country.

He said his has adopted stick and approach in dealing with insecurity in the state, adding that while the repentant bandits that have embraced peace have been reintegrated, those that have shunned dialogue are facing the full wrath of the law.

On the aim of the meeting, he said, “I am here to see the Chief of Staff because of the issue of security that is bedevilling Zamfara State. We have discussed extensively the issue of insecurity in Northern Nigeria not just Zamfara State.

“Today (Monday), we met in the National Security Adviser’s office with Northern Governors and the Inspector General of Police and other security agencies.

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“We discussed seriously on the issue of insecurity and the Chief of Staff invited me today to come and brief him about insecurity in my state which I did. We have discussed it and understand where we are going. Zamfara State government and the security are doing their best to ensure we contain insecurity.”

Speaking more on the success of security operations against the bandits in the state, he said that the security agencies were doing everything possible to bring normalcy to the place.

Matawalle added: “It is very successful. Security agencies are doing very well and they have been working for about one month and we have seen the results, they have recorded a lot of successes in their operations.

“You know these operations are ongoing and they have the support of everything they need from the state and we assure Nigerians that within some few days they will make tremendous achievements.”

On the measures his administration has put in place, he said: “We have to adopt so many ways to tackle the insecurity. We use stick and carrot and it is going concurrently. There are some repentant bandits that have already subscribed to the peace initiative, we are using them and some that have refused to dialogue, we are fighting them, so we are using both.”

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