- Nigerian governors say there is a growing concern over killings in parts of the country
- Governor Obiano states that the $1bn deducted from the excess crude account for security purposes is yet to be spent
- The United Nations condemns the continuous conflict between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria
Nigerian governors have asked security agencies to take more drastic actions to stop series of killings in parts of the country.
The governors made the call on Thursday, July 19, at the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting which was president by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Channels TV reports.
Speaking with reporters after the meeting, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state said there is a growing concern in the council and elsewhere over the killings.
“I believe that all the appropriate agencies are aware that the concern is growing and I am confident that they will listen to the pleas of people and do something more drastic than has been done so far,” he said.
Obiano stated that the $1bn deducted from the excess crude account for security purposes has yet to be expended.
On his part, Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi state told reporters that the federal government also directed the minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, to fast-track the decongestion of prisons in the country.
Meanwhile, the special representative of United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohamed Ibn Chambas, says the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria are becoming more sophisticated and deadlier.
Chambas, who is head, UN Office for West African and the Sahel (UNOWAS), in a report presented to the UN Security Council, said the violence was a major security threat in the region, warning that it risks changing into terrorist attacks.
In the Lake Chad Basin, Chambas said in spite of gains made by the Nigerian armed forces and the Multinational Joint Task Force, Boko Haram remained active.
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