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Bandits: Kano government urged to establish forest marshals

He added that only forest marshals can address that.

The Kano State Government has been advised to establish forest marshals across the state to prevent the influx of bandits and kidnappers into the forests surrounding the state.

Detective Auwalu Bala Durumin Iya, a security expert and Head of Intelligence and Investigation of the Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, made the call while speaking on Freedom Radio’s Barka Da Hantsi, which Daily Trust monitored.

He said the state government and the general public should work against the security challenges facing the state before it goes out of hand.

He added that only forest marshals can address that.

According to him, “This type of security challenge has a unique way through which it can be addressed.

“The first way is to establish forest marshals and equip them to stay in the bush all the time for monitoring and surveillance.

“Their primary duty is to ensure that no people from unknown places stayed or camped in the bush.

“They should also report to the authority or government whenever there is a suspicious movement of unknown persons,” he added.

Detective Auwalu also said members of the neighbouring communities close to the forests can be employed and trained to serve as marshals, emphasizing that it will reduce the alarming unemployment among the youth.

“I advise that not only Kano, but other states in the country should come up with the same strategy and address the problem of insecurity.”

He further stated that there should be an adaptation of human and community security at state levels to address the current situation, adding that the police, army and other security agencies are insufficient to tackle the problems.