Nasarawa moves to bar infiltration by fleeing bandits

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Nasarawa moves to bar infiltration by fleeing bandits

Nasarawa moves to bar infiltration by fleeing bandits

Story from Ibraheem Hamza MUHAMMAD, Lafiya

Nasarawa State government is taking proactive steps to bar fleeing bandits currently being dislodged by series of military incursions in the North West, from infiltrating the state.

The Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, disclosed this when he summoned a security meeting that was held at the Government House in Lafia.

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While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the security agencies for the successes being recorded in the fight against banditry and kidnappings across the country, he, however, expressed worry that fleeing bandits may seek refuge in mostly inaccessible parts of the state, reminiscent of the outlawed Darussalam sect.

Engr. Sule said there was the need for the state to take proactive steps, in order to stop these fleeing bandits from taking refuge in Nasarawa State, as well as to afford protection for the people of the state.

The governor said it has become necessary for members of the security council, to discuss the security situation across the country and how that affects Nasarawa State.

He recalled the Darussalam sect incursion in 2018, when the fleeing sect members, having been dislodged from Niger State, took up refuge in the dense forest areas of Toto Local Government Area.

He expressed concern that the successes so far being recorded against bandits in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna and other states in the North West may actually pose a threat to peace in Nasarawa State.

Engr. Sule emphasised that it has therefore become necessary for members of the council to come together and strategise, with a view to protecting the people.

He used the opportunity of the meeting to show appreciation to security agencies operating in the state, especially the police, DSS and civil defence, for the feat recently recorded when kidnappers operating along the Akwanga-Jos road were apprehended, leading to the rescue of some of their victims.

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