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… North will adopt comprehensive strategy to address insecurity, says Lalong


President Muhammadu Buhari meets with Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, over the recent killings in Kombu village, at the State House Abuja… yesterday.

The Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of Northern States Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong, yesterday, said states in the region were set to adopt a comprehensive strategy that would frontally tackle the menace of insecurity in the area. This is coming on the heels of the recent flag-off of the operations of Amotekun in Ibadan to complement the mainstream security agencies in the Southwest.

Lalong, whose position followed renewed killing of 13 persons by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers on Thursday in the state, stated that the governors in the region were set to convene a meeting with a view to address the issues, including their decision to key into a community policing strategy they had agreed to.

“The situation in the South might not be the same with the North, but in the North, we are also looking at some ways that will also address these issues. “We have gone ahead to set up committees, who have done their work and we are going to meet to address these issues once and for all.

“We have also agreed to key into the community policing and at the level of the committee, we have already gone far. Each state is already neck deep in community policing.

“But I have not read the document to understand what they mean by Amotekun. I saw various vehicles that were bought, but you know, if it is about vehicles, many vehicles have been bought in the north, but that is not what will address the insecurity in my state.“So, it may vary from south to the north, but in the north, we are trying to look for a comprehensive ways that will help augment what the federal government is doing in respect to insecurity,” the governor added.

Lalong told State House Correspondents that he was in the Presidential Villa to brief President Muhammadu Buhari on the renewed insecurity in parts of the state and interventions to curtail the situation.

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