Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State says bandits are grouping in forests in the state and have converted them to their hideouts.
He specifically mentioned Falgore forest, saying he came to seek the army’s help before they (bandits) executed their dangerous mission.
The governor said the bandits might be planning to attack the people of the state.
Ganduje spoke at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja Thursday when he visited the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor; the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Farouk Yahaya; the Chief of Air Staff, Oladayo Amao and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral A.Z. Gambo.
He said: “I’m 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. The bandits are grouping in Falgore Forest and may be planning to attack our people.
“We’re 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. I plead with the Nigerian Army to quickly conclude work on the training depot at the Falgore Forest so that they can take over the forest.”
Ganduje condoled with the army over the demise of the Late Army Chief, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and 10 other officers, saying their death was painful, untimely and sorrowful.
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Yahaya, said the military and other security agencies would contain insecurity across the country.
Yahaya pledged to visit Falgore and see how troops would work on the army’s facilities in the forest.