The Governor of Katsina state, Aminu Masari on Thursday led his other colleagues from Sokoto and Zamfara States to the European Union office in Abuja to solicit for their aid as they look for a means to tackle the problem of rising insecurity in the North-west region of the country.
Abdulhadi Bawa, the spokesperson for the Katsina governor disclosed in a statement that a meeting was held by the governors held a closed door meeting with officials of the Mission in Nigeria led by Ketil Karlsen, an ambassador.
According to Mr Bawa, the focus of the meeting was to discuss the numerous challenges in the North-west region which the major one is the issue is that of security.
He said the meeting provided them the opportunity to plead for more support from the EU and other members of the diplomatic community who were also present at the meeting.
Also commenting, Sokoto State Governor Tambuwal said the meeting provided the Mission first hand information from the governors on the security of the entire region.
The information, the governors said, will enable the EU and the other parties to evaluate and select the areas in which they can offer their support and intervention.
Earlier, the head of the EU Mission in Nigeria, Mr Karlsen, disclosed to journalists that the EU and other international communities are eager to come to the aid of the North-West zone in creating the enabling environment and support to bring about the desired development.
The North-west region of Nigeria is currently under a siege of violent crimes including kidnapping and killings that have led to mass displacement of residents
In Zamfara, one of the states suffering the violence the most, a committee was set up by the government to solve the issue of banditry in the state reported that over N3 billion had been collected by bandits as ransom in the state.