Masari expresses disappointment as North-West governors shun security meeting in Kaduna; Zamfara monarch assassinated

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Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, on Saturday, expressed disappointment with the non attendance of North-West governors to a meeting  on security of the sub region held in Kaduna.
Masari, who is the Chairman of the Security Committee inaugurated by the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), said the governors must separate politics from the issue of security that affects the generality of the people.
The meeting attended by the Deputy Governors of Sokoto, Jigawa and Kaduna states also had in attendance Secretaries to the State Governments of two states, and that of Katsina, as well as various consultants on security.
“The issue of security is more important than politics as it affects life,” Masari said at the opening of the meeting which later went into closed door session.
He said it was important to evolve ways of sustaining attendance not only by the governors, but also their Deputies and SSGs.
“It will not, however, hinder the discussions or delay the meeting. We must devise means of continuing with the meeting even when the governors are not in attendance.
“Before we leave, we should have a programme that we can brief our governors, we should not allow this laudable initiative rely only on the availability of governors.”
The meeting will also discuss regional integration and economic cooperation among the seven states in the North-West.
Meanwhile, a monarch in Tsafe Local Government, Zamfara State was assassinated on Friday night.
Alhaji Ibrahim Madawaki, the District Head of Kucheri in the council area, was assassinated in front of his house.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Zamfara State Police Command, SP Muhammad Shehu, confirmed the killing on Saturday.
Shehu said some unidentified gunmen invaded Kucheri town about 9 p.m. on Friday and killed the district head “in front of his house”.
He said when the police visited the scene, they discovered that nothing was removed from his house.
According to him, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered investigation into the incident with a view to apprehending the perpetrators.
Shehu also called on the public to report activities of suspected hoodlums promptly, so as to enable the police effectively tackle security challenges facing the state.

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