The Nasarawa State Government says it has taken bold steps to prevent escaping bandits presently being dislodged by procession of military incursions in the North West, from penetrating the state.
This was disclosed by the Governor Abdullahi Sule when he convened a security meeting held at the Government House, Lafia on Tuesday.
Sule, who, conveyed fear that fleeing bandits, may seek shelter in mostly inaccessible parts of the state, reminiscent of the outlawed Darussalam sect, said it has become imperative for members of the security council, to discuss the security situation across the country and how that affects Nasarawa State.
Also, the governor said that there was the necessity for the state to take bold steps, so as to stave off any feasible presence of these fleeing bandits from taking refuge in Nasarawa State, as well as to safeguard the people of the state.
He recollected the Daru Salam sect invasion in 2018, when the fleeing sect members, dislodged from Niger State, took up haven in the dense forest areas of Toto Local Government Area in the state.
Furthermore, he saluted President Muhammadu Buhari, and the security agencies, for the achievements being recorded in the battle against banditry and kidnappings across the nation.
He communicated worry that the successes so far being recorded against bandits in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna and other states in the North West, may present a risk to peace in Nasarawa State.
Governor Sule said that it has become crucial, for members of the council, to cooperate and strategize, to defend the people.
He applauded the security agencies operating across the 13 local government areas of the state, especially the police, DSS and civil defense, 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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