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Matawalle visits Nigerien president, donates patrol vehicles

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State, Monday, met President Mohamed Bazoum of the Niger Republic as part of efforts to...

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State, Monday, met President Mohamed Bazoum of the Niger Republic as part of efforts to end all forms of banditry in Nigeria and the Niger Republic.

The Press Secretary to the Governor, Jamilu Iliyasu Birnin Magaji, in a statement, said the two leaders met at the Presidential Palace, Niamey, Niger Republic.

The meeting was meant to discuss issues of insecurity, especially in North West Nigeria and the Niger Republic. They resolved to explore more areas of support and cooperation between the Niger Republic and Zamfara State in particular.

Governor Matawalle briefed President Bazoum on the measures taken by his administration to end all forms of criminal activities in the region.

The governor said apart from the peace initiative and reconciliation process, his administration had provided intelligence to security agents on how best to trace informants who provide information to the armed bandits and their collaborators.

He said his administration had placed CCTV cameras that would monitor all the activities and movements of people in the state capital, with the aim of tracking and tracing criminals’ hideouts and their nefarious activities.

“Governor Bello Matawalle said his administration would donate five brand new vehicles to the Government of Niger Republic to provide special border patrol at Maradi and other parts of the Niger Republic which share a border with Zamfara, Katsina and Sokoto states,” the statement said.

President Bazoum thanked Governor Bello Matawalle for the visit and all the major efforts he has taken to end the problems of insecurity affecting the two countries.

President Bazoum also requested governors of Nigeria to implement a total ban on the importation of motorcycles into Nigeria.

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