Northern Governors To Include Criminal Offences In Penal Code

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L--R, Plateau State Governor, Mr. Simon Bako Lalong, the Chairman Northern Governor Forum and Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno and Kaduna State Deputy Mr. Bala Bantex, at the meeting of Northern Governor Forum in Kaduna on Friday May 17, 2019. BASHIR BELLO DOLLARS

By; JULIANA Katung, Kaduna

Going by the increase in insecurity, the region, the Northern States Governors Forum has concluded plans  to  judicially   incorporate  criminal offences into its penal code.

The  executive Governor of Borno State, who is also the Chairman of the Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, stated  this on Friday, 17 May, 2019 during their meeting in Kaduna.

According to him, considering the increasing security challenges, especially from criminal activities such as kidnapping, cattle rustling and  incessant communal clashes,  inciting religious preaching  and suicide bombings among others, most of which were not properly codified in the criminal justice system of Northern Nigeria, there is need for it to be included in the penal code.

The Governor on behalf of the forum  appealed to the Federal Government to restrategize and come up with measures that could deal with the security challenges in the country permanently.

He however, appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, for his quick  response to the issues of insecurity in the Northern region, which  seem to be deteriorating recently but encouraged him to do more.

He maintained that going by the  persistent reports of drug abuse especially among the youth and women in the Northern States, the forum has initiated the move to fight the menace in a holistic and all-encompassing manner, by setting up committees of relevant stakeholders in each State of the region, towards ensuring eliminating the scourge of drug abuse.

Governor Shetima on behalf of the forum also appealed to the Federal Government to frontally deal with the issue of drug abuse and possibly declare a state of emergency in the fight against the scourge.

He further commended the Federal Government for heed to its call, which culminated in the setting up of the Marwa Committee against drug abuse as well as the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman, and a    professional psychiatrist,   Dr. Vincent, for  drawing the attention of the Forum to the problems associated with drug abuse and making invaluable and implementable recommendations on the way forward.

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