Unarguably, the issue of general insecurity in Northern Nigeria has in recent months, pose a serious concern to all and sundry.
From the looks of it, it appears as if the the criminal elements are having their free days due to what many perceived as failure of current security architecture designed to address the ugly trend.
There have been series of special operations launched by joint security operatives to address the major security threat to the Nigerian territorial integrity – kidnapping, banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and rustling, with desired results apparently still far from reach.
Now, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) held an emergency meeting in Kaduna, to work specifically towards rustling, livestock management, Almajiri, and other challenges bedeviling the region.
The meeting, which was held at the Government House, Kaduna, was presided over by the Forum’s Chairman, and Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong.
Lalong in an address said, the emergency meeting was summoned to address matters of urgent importance on the survival of the region as well as the wellbeing of the people.
Talking about latest efforts to address the scourge, Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Samuel Aruwan, recently announced suspension of road blocks along Kaduna-Abuja, Kaduna-Birni Gwari and Kaduna-Zaria highways.
According to the commissioner, the State Security Council had rose from its weekly meetings to made the pronouncement. This was to check nefarious activities of criminals who pretend to be security operatives, unleashing terror on unsuspecting travelers especially at night.
Aruwan warned motorists on these highways not to observe any check point in any of the highways until further notice, “when you are driving on any of the highways, and you sight a check point ahead of you, please make a turn and as soon as as you see any security patrol vehicle, tell them what you see so they can clear the road.”
More to come