The Kano state government and the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have resolved to further strengthen the ongoing efforts to tackle the activities of bandits in the state. This was disclosed today when the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje paid a visit to the DHQ at the Armed Forces complex, Abuja. Speaking during the visit, the governor solicited increased support from the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), in securing the state’s forest against banditry and other forms of criminality currently bedeviling the state.
Dr. Ganduje stated that his administration is looking forward to stronger ties with the AFN in the area of security, particularly in securing the Falgore forest which he said, has become a hideout for bandits and other criminals. He further noted that the nation’s forests are now safe havens for criminals, who after perpetrating their nefarious activities return to the forest reserves.
The Governor commended the Nigerian Army (NA) for establishing a training centre in the Falgore forest. He added, that this will enable troops to take full control of the general area with their consistent presence.
Dr. Ganduje commended the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor for the coordination and synergy among the defence and security agencies since his assumption of command as the CDS.
Attributing some of the security challenges bedeviling the nation to partisan politics, the governor expressed confidence in the Defence Chief to succeed in the task of ensuring national security.
The Governor further informed the CDS that adequate cooperation and cordiality exist among the AFN, security agencies, and paramilitary organisations in Kano state. He revealed that the state government is equally deploying technology to curtail insecurity within the Kano metropolis, adding that community policing in the state is also yielding positive results as anticipated.
The Governor expressed his condolences to the AFN on the demise of the late former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, and ten other personnel, as well as other fallen heroes of the AFN who paid the supreme price for the peace and unity of Nigeria.
In his response, the CDS, Gen Irabor expressed appreciation to the government and people of Kano state for the solidarity visit and condolences. He reaffirmed the commitment of AFN to support kano and other troubled states in providing adequate security for law-abiding Nigerians, as well as foreign nationals. The CDS also stated that the AFN would continue to partner with Forest Guards towards securing the vast forests across the nation. He also noted that the establishment of training centre in Falgore Forest by the NA was intended to meet the security demand in the area. He commended the Kano state government for providing requisite facilities and structures for the training ground. “These efforts”, Gen Irabor noted, “is fast becoming a model” and urged other state governments to emulate the initiative in order to secure the forest reserves in their states.
Gen Irabor pointed out that the AFN undoubtedly remains a veritable tool for the implementation of government policy in the national security architecture. “We are more along the line of kinetic actions with minimal non-kinetic intervention”, he added.