Leadership (Abuja)

18 February 2013

Nigeria: Kidnapping - Katsina Govt. Sets Up Security Committee On Expatriates

Katsina State Government on Monday constituted a security committee to provide security cover to expatriates working in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Abdullahi Magaji, disclosed this to newsmen in Katsina shortly after the state security meeting chaired by Gov. Ibrahim Shema.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the decision followed the kidnapping of a Frenchman, Mr Francis Colump in Rimi Local Government Area of the state two months ago by gunmen.

It was also prompted by the recent abduction of seven expatriates in Jama'are, Bauchi State and similar incidents in other parts of the country.

The commissioner said that members of the committee were drawn from police, State Security Service (SSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the army.

Magaji said the committee was mandated to identify the number of expatriates working in the state, their location and telephone numbers, to be able to provide adequate security cover for them.

He added that the committee had already begun action and solicited for the cooperation of people of the state for the attainment of the goal.(NAN)

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