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.