The Comptroller of Prisons in Niger, Alhaji Baba Gana, on Friday urged the Fulani Consultative Forum in the state to sensitise its youths on the need to shun crime.
Gana made the remark when the state Director-General, Nomadic Affairs, Malam Ardo Adamu, paid him a courtesy visit.
“This call has become necessary considering the recent high level involvement of Fulani youths in crime across the country.”
Gana said that youth involvement in crime was detrimental to the socio-economic development of the country, if not checked promptly.
He said that security was everybody’s business hence the need for collaborative effort by the public and security agencies to tackle crime.
The comptroller appealed to farmers and herdsmen to see themselves as partners in progress and important stakeholders in the agriculture sector of the country.
He advised them to always resolve their differences amicably instead of engaging in clashes that had led to the loss of lives, livestock and destruction of farmlands.
Earlier, Adamu pledged the willingness of the Nigerian Prison Service in conducting sensitisation programmes among Fulani Youths.
He lauded the prison service for reforming its activities according to international best practices.
The director-general expressed delight over the introduction of skill acquisition programmes for inmates in Nigerian prisons.
He said that the measure would help them become useful to themselves and the society at the end of their jail terms.