Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, has led a delegation to Niger Republic for discussions on a solution to activities of bandits now making life difficult for many residents of the region.
Governor Masari, whose delegation included Secretary to the Government of the state, Dr Mustafa Inuwa, led three fellow governors including Muhammadu Maradu, Aminu Tambuwal and Atiku Bagudu of Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, respectively, according to a report by Channels TV.
At the meeting, issues of cross-border banditry and other forms of criminality were addressed.
This follows Masari’s ongoing reconciliation overtures with ‘commanders’ of the various camps of the bandits, who have turned eight of the 34 local government areas in the state to their slaughter ground.
The Prefecture of Maradi in Niger Republic, which provides the window through which smuggled arms, ammunition, foreign insurgents and bandits often sneak into Nigeria, is border to the four North-West states of Nigeria.