Katsina hosts extraordinary meeting of bandits with Nigeria, Niger Republic gov’ts
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State will host a delegation of government officials from Niger Republic and their counterparts from Nigeria to an extraordinary meeting with armed bandits in Jibia Local Government Area of the state, tomorrow, Katsina Post learned.
The Governor made this disclosure to ThisDay newspaper over the weekend in an exclusive interview at the State’s Government House.
Jibia is a border town between Katsina State and the Niger Republic, which is believed to be a stronghold of bandits from the Niger Republic, who are terrorizing Zamfara, Kaduna, Niger and Katsina states.
The meeting is summoned to brainstorm on how to end cross-border banditry and other nefarious activities bedeviling the two countries.
Tomorrow’s planned meeting is against the backdrop of the recent attacks carried out by bandits from the neighboring Niger Republic on Katsina, Zamfara, Niger, and Kaduna states, despite the closure of the borders and the peace deal between the bandits and some northern states.
Masari said the one-day security meeting would have leaders of the bandits from the two countries, security chiefs, government officials and other critical stakeholders as participants.
He said the meeting would be followed up with another meeting between the Governor of Maradi region in Niger, Mallam Zakari Oumoru, and him on how to implement the agreements.
The governor added that hundreds of bandits from Niger Republic had crossed over to Nigeria, stressing that most of them do launch deadly attacks on Katsina State and escape to their home country.