The Katsina State Government said it had concluded arrangement to convene a special security meeting with the neighbouring Zamfara on ways to fight crime and attacks on villages.
Gov. Ibrahim Shema said this at a meeting with his Zamfara counterpart, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari, at the Government House, Gusau.
He expressed the concern of the two state governments over the increasing criminal activities where large number of heavily armed hoodlums invaded villages, maimed and killed several community members.
He said security effort would particularly be concentrated on the Rugu forest of Katsina State and other suspected criminal hideouts in the two states.
“We will not allow these criminals to overpower us and I will like to assure our people that very soon they will witness positive changes on security issues,’’ Shema said.
While explaining that Fulani people could not be said to be perpetrating and organising the attacks as alleged, Shema maintained that the Fulani were known as peace loving people.
“The Fulani are more concerned about their herds, their wellbeing and moving the nation forward,” he said.
In his remarks, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara also expressed his government’s readiness to cooperate with Katsina state to curb criminal activities and ensure security of lives and property.
“These killings must be stopped by all means and all those involved be brought to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
Yari expressed confidence in the rejuvenated partnership between the two states, noting that it would further bring more development to the two states.
He enjoined other neighbouring states to join hands with them so as to make criminal operations highly impossible in the area.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shema was in the state to receive the Fulani title of Lamido Fulbe (Head of Fulani) of Gusau from the Emir of Gusau, Alhaji Kabir Danbaba, on Saturday.