Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has raised the alarm that armed bandits have taken over forests in the state where they may be planning to carry out attacks.
Speaking at the Defence Headquarters on Thursday, Ganduje said the bandits are grouping in Falgore forest, even as his government is working hard to open up the forests.
While meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouk Yahaya, Ganduje pleaded with the Nigerian Army to hasten work training Depot at the Falgore forest so that the military can take over the forest.
He, however, assured residents of the state of the commitment of his administration and the security agencies to sustain the relative peace in the state.
The governor noted that the prevailing peace in the state is due to the cordial relationship between the government and security agencies.
He said: “My visit here today is to condole with the Nigerian Army over the death of the former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other officers. It was painful, it was untimely and sorrowful but we are consoled that they died in active service to the nation.
“I am also here to seek the help of the Nigerian Army to sustain the peace in Kano State; bandits have converted some forests in the state into hideouts.
“We are building houses, schools, and hospitals for the herdsmen in some of the forests but we want the Army to commence activities at the Falgore forest.”
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, promised to visit the Falgore and see ways work can resume on Army facilities in the forest.
He said that the Nigerian Army in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies is committed to defeating security challenges across the country.