The Governor of Niger Republic’s Maradi, Schiabou Aboubacar, has raised the alarm of terrorist activities in communities in his country and Nigeria.
Aboubacar said the insurgents were causing people sleeplessness, confirming fears that terror groups had taken over some villages in northern parts of Nigeria.
The governor spoke on Tuesday at a high-level meeting, which was held in Katsina to discuss ways to tackle insecurity in the region.
The security parley had in attendance the Governors of Katsina – Aminu Masari, Sokoto – Aminu Tambuwal, Zamfara – Bello Matawalle, and Kebbi – Atiku Bagudu.
Aboubacar, who convened the gathering, stressed that solutions were urgently required in order to defeat the terrorists.
“We are in serious trouble in this region. Everyone knows our problems are terrorists who have denied us sleep.
“Communities living around Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina that have borders with Niger Republic hardly sleep in their communities.
“Participants in this meeting are one family; hence, we deem it necessary to sort ourselves out to see how we can tackle the insecurity menace.
“Each state is doing its best in addressing the security challenges, but it’s not enough. We have to come together to see how we can address the problem”, NAN quoted him saying.
Earlier this month, Aboubacar and the governors signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Niger Republic on the best approach to address the problem.
The United Nations (UN) estimates that in localities around the Lake Chad, over 3.2 million people are displaced.
The figure includes more than 2.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in north-eastern Nigeria, and 1 million in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.