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Northwest Governors, Niger Republic Counterpart Seek Review Of ECOWAS Article On Movement Of Persons, Arms

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Governors of the Northwest and their counterpart in Niger Republic call for a review of the ECOWAS Article on movement of persons and arms to tackle the lingering security challenges in the region.

This is contained in a communique read by the Secretary of Katsina State Government (SSG), Alhaji Muntari Lawal at the end of a multilateral security meeting held in the state.

The meeting had in attendance, Gov. Schiabou Aboubacar of Maradi Region, as the convener, governors of Katsina, Sokoto, and also the Deputy governors of Zamfara and Kebbi.

Lawal said the meeting noted that substantial proportion of the citizens of these states partake in animal husbandry or rearing as vacation for their livelihood.

He added that overtime however, this trade has been infiltrated by criminal elements leading to the menace of cattle rustling, armed banditry, kidnapping for ransom and proliferation of small arms, light weapons and ammunition.

Lawal said the meeting supported the operation conducted by the Military and wants all emergency centres across the participating states and Maradi Region interconnected for broader intelligence sharing.

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