G9 countries hold talks to tackle cross-border crimes

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Nigeria and eight other neighbouring countries, on the platform of G9, are holding a summit on how to integrate to curb cross border crimes.

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The other countries that would attend the summit in Abuja on Tuesday are Benin Republic, Cameroun, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Niger, Togo, Sao Tome and Principe, and Ghana.

Dr. King Adie, President of Global Peace and National Reconciliation Organisation, said the maiden G9 International Multilateral Peace Education, Security, Trans-border Cooperation and Integration Summit would hold in Abuja.

The summit would provide a strategic blueprint for the governments of the participating countries on ways to tackle the pressing challenges of peace and security posed by criminals across the borders.

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“Most of these challenges are as a result of the porous nature of most of our country’s international borders.

“We have to educate ourselves on the way to truth, peaceful co-existence and being our brothers keepers,” he said.

Dr Philemon Gora, the President Global Funds Inc Florida, U.S.A., said that the summit would re-awaken continuous effective mobilisation and sensitisation of the peace initiative among the countries.

“This will re-orientate the border inhabitants in gateway states and communities on the need for trans-border cooperation, ethics, values and attitudinal change.

“It will also promote socio-economic investment and activities that will foster genuine peace, love, unity and good neighbourliness.

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According to Gora, it will equally curb or stop the excessive menace of terrorists entering and staying in our border communities.

In his contribution, Malam Denja Abdullahi, President of the Association of Nigeria Authors (ANA), said that genuine organisations like that of Global Peace and National Reconciliation Organisation should be supported by all.

“We must support anyone or organisation that comes with the message of genuine peace which will lead to the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians and Africa at large,” he said.

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However, Denja called on the citizens of these G9 countries to support the respective governments with the vision of lasting peace in their countries.

“The governments and leaders have visions and want the best for their countries but we must work together with them to bring peace because these criminals live amongst us.

“They have homes, friends and relatives who know what they do and their activities but fail to report them to the appropriate authorities,” the ANA president said.

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