Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari has called for the deployment of more soldiers to Rugu forest to combat cattle rustlers in the state.
Masari made the call yesterday in Katsina when the GOC, 1 Mechanised Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade paid him a courtesy visit.
“I am calling on the military authorities to deploy more troops to the local government areas sharing boarder with Rugu forest.
“The forest shares border with Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Niger States, and stretches up to Niger Republic, Central African Republic and Mali.
“The forest was established for the purpose of providing grazing land for herdsmen, breeding and diary production, but is now turned into hiding place for criminals and armed robbers,” he said.
The governor said that unless urgent action was taken, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements would continue to use the forest to perpetrate their activities.
He said that cattle rustling should be given all attention so that insurgents would not have the opportunity of using the forest to commit their crimes.
The governor said that his administration was ready to give all necessary support needed to flush out the criminals.
Earlier, Oyebade told the governor that he was in the state as part of his familiarisation tour of military formations in the North-West.
The GOC commended the state government for supporting the military to discharge their duties effectively in the state.
He assured that the military would continue to intensify efforts at curbing the menace of cattle rustling and other forms of crimes in the state.
He also condoled with the state government over the death of some Nigerian pilgrims during the Makkah stampede. NAN

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