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Stakeholders call for political will to tackle banditry, kidnapping, other crimes in North-West

They also canvassed for a regional security outfit in the zone.

• February 18, 2024
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Stakeholders in the security sector have advanced solutions to the current security challenges in the North-West zone of the country.

The solutions were contained in a communique issued after an international symposium with the theme: “In Search of enduring solutions to Rural Banditry and other security challenges in the North-West Zone of Nigeria”.

The symposium was organised by the Centre for Peace Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.

In the communique issued to journalists in Sokoto on Saturday, the stakeholders said efforts must be made to overcome the operational and non-operational challenges undermining the effectiveness of existing approaches to combating insecurity.

“A notable concern raised was the lack of political will to hold offenders accountable, leading to impunity and the escalation of banditry and related offences,” the stakeholders said in the communique.

They also called for regular evaluation of kinetic and non-kinetic strategies being adapted by the security forces.

“This is, alongside intensified efforts to combat corruption and ensure transparency in budgetary allocations to the security sector,” they added.

The stakeholders stressed the importance of community engagement and collaboration to promote robust intelligence gathering, and converting arms smuggling and drug trafficking which are exacerbating the security challenges.

They also canvassed for a regional security outfit in the zone to streamline security operations and build synergy among the security forces.

In this respect, the security stakeholders said more personnel should be recruited, trained and equipped with modern technological tools to enhance security across the region and the nation.

Participants at the symposium urged policymakers to execute nobel strategies to address poverty, unemployment, and infrastructure deficits, which are also contributing to insecurity in the region.

In the communique signed by Dr Abubakar Mohammed and Prof. Muhammad Usman, the centre expressed commitment to conduct research, interventions, and solutions to social, economic, and political crises in the country.

They said that in subsequent engagement, focus will be on the gender dynamics in the conflict, and its socioeconomic implications on the region’s economy and society.

The event drew participants from diverse backgrounds, reflecting a collective commitment to addressing the security challenges facing the North-West region.


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