The Army Headquarters in Abuja said soldiers of 1 Division have embarked on a clearance operation in Falgore Forest and other flash points in Kano State, to get rid of bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who have turned the forests to their operational base.
The soldiers, in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), local vigilantes and hunters in the state, are working round the clock to ensure that bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements from neighbouring States do not infiltrate the forest and other parts of Kano state, to carry out their nefarious activities.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, who made this known in a statement on Wednesday, called on the people of the state not to panic and assured them safety of their lives and property.
He also urged them to report suspicious movements of strange individuals or groups in their vicinity to the nearest security agency for prompt action.
Yerima said: “Nigerian Army (NA) troops in a bid to ensure the return of socio-economic activities which were hitherto hampered by activities of bandits and other criminal elements, 1 Division NA in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as local vigilantes and hunters embark on a special joint clearance operation in Falgore Forest and other flash points in Kano State.
“The clearance operation, which is still ongoing is geared towards complementing the efforts of the standby troops at Forward Operating Base Falgore, with the ultimate aim of making sure that bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements from neighbouring states do not infiltrate the forest and any other part of Kano State, to carry out their nefarious activities.”