Kaduna (Kaduna State) – The Chairman of Northern Governors Forum (NGF), Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno said the forum had commenced deliberations on reports from committees that investigated issues affecting security in the region.
Shettima stated this at the meeting of the forum in Kaduna on Friday
The governor said that the committee was given specific terms of reference which included undertaking insightful analysis of issues affecting the nineteen Northern States.
Shettima said the Committee of the Attorney General and Commissioners for Justice of the nineteen Northern States had presented its report.
He said that the committee was mandated to critically examine the criminal justice system of the states.
According to him, the committee would determine how best to incorporate certain emerging criminal offences.
He said such offences included kidnapping, cattle rustling, deadly communal clashes and inciting religious preaching that have not been adequately covered by the penal code.
Shettima further stated that the committee was also charged with examining the activities of terrorists where little girls were induced and asked to commit crimes like suicide bombings.
The Chairman said the Consultancy Committee which was established to access and articulate the various multi sectoral challenges facing the Northern States, will also present its report.
He said the committee was charged with the responsibility of coming up with a common position in collaborative partnership with the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).
NAN recalls that, the Chairman of the Forum once led a delegation comprising Governors of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Nasarawa States to the headquarters of the IDB in Jeddah in this regard. (NAN)