Nigeria and Republic of Niger have agreed on a collaboration that would finally end banditry and other elements of criminal activities around the two nations’ borders.
The decision to collaborate was reached on Thursday at a security meeting held in Maladi in Niger.
The meeting was convened to brainstorm and find solutions to security challenges and menace of bandits around their borders.
Acting Director Defence Information (DDI), Brigadier General John Agim said the one-day conference was to review the security situation vis-a-vis existing military operations in the two countries.
According to Agim,”the conference is a follow up to similar meeting held in September, 2017 at Diffa also in Niger.”
Ready for partnership
Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau had also in February assured the Republic of Niger of the country’s readiness for partnership, to tackle herdsmen/farmers’ conflict.
General Dambazau stated this when Nigerien lawmakers paid him a visit on February 9, in Abuja.
He told the lawmakers that the two countries had close relationship in religion and ethnicity.
“Our relationship is historic; we have very close relationship in ethnicity and religion that it is difficult to know who comes from Nigeria and Niger. We consider ourselves as one family,” General Dambazau explained.