Army begins exercise to flush out illegal occupation of Falgore forest in Kano State.

The Nigerian Army (NA) said its troops in collaboration with other security agencies have commenced clearance operation in Falgore forest in Kano State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja said the aim is to ensure the return of socio-economic activities to the area.

Yerima said that troops of 1 Division were working in conjunction with personnel of Nigeria Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as well as local vigilantes and hunters.

According to him, the security agencies have embarked on a special joint clearance operation in the forest and other flash points in the state.

He said the ongoing clearance operation was aimed at making sure that bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements from neighboring states did not infiltrate into the forest and any other part of Kano State.

“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,” he said

He said that the measure was to enable law-abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses without harassment by criminal elements.

Patmos Media Line recalls that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje visited the Army Headquarters in Abuja with an SOS that the bandits endanger the totality of the existence of Kano State and should be flushed out so that the Forest area can be developed.

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