Nasarawa state Governor, his Excellency, Abdullahi Sule said on Tuesday that the bandits removed from the North-west and North-east were responsible for the insecurity in the state because of its hilly and rocky terrain.
The Governor, however, said hunters and vigilante groups have been tracking the bandits because they are more familiar with the hilly terrain.
He said the state government would not rest on its oars in apprehending the criminals through the hard work of the military, police and members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
“The hunters, as well as the vigilante groups in Nasarawa State, are able to follow up because they are very familiar with the places. The criminals in Nasarawa state are new; they are not from Nasarawa state so as a result of that our own people are more familiar with the ground and are able to follow where they are.
“We have three groups; those dislodged from the Northwest and the Northeast and found their way to the hilly and rocky places, in Nasarawa state;
“Those who actually go the way to the villages and the cities and sometimes kidnap people and we also have armed robbers.“By the grace of God, we have a very good Police Commissioner in Nasarawa, excellent Director of DSS and a fantastic Director for Civil Defense and they all work together, along with all the military installations that we have.
“We have about three military installations now; we have the 177 in Keffi, we have the Special Forces and then we have the Wild Stroke; all of them work together in synergy and we are able to make sure they help us in taking care of most of these criminals,” he said.