Security operatives from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as local vigilantes and hunters have begun joint operations to clear Falgore forest and other forests in Kano State.
The development comes barely one week after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje visited the service chiefs and sought assistance to help the State secure the forests from bandits whom he said were gathering in the forests.
In a statement on Wednesday, Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said troops of 1 Division were working in conjunction with other security personnel to ensure the return of socio-economic activities to the area.
According to him, the ongoing clearance operation was aimed at making sure bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements from neighbouring states do not infiltrate Kano.
“Consequently, we wish to reassure the good people of Kano State of the safety of their lives and property. And, also urge them to continue to report suspicious movements of strange individuals or groups in their vicinity to the nearest security agency for prompt action.
“The NA in close cooperation with all the stakeholders on security is determined to ensure a full return to normalcy in Kano State and other adjoining states,” Yerima said