The Nasarawa State Government says it has taken proactive moves to bar fleeing bandits currently being dislodged by series of military incursions in the North West, from infiltrating the state.
Governor Abdullahi Sule, said this when he summoned a security meeting held at the Government House, Lafia on Tuesday.
Sule, who, expressed fear that fleeing bandits, may seek refuge 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.
The governor, said that there was the need for the state to take proactive moves, so as to avert any possible presence of these fleeing bandits from taking refuge in Nasarawa State, as well as to protect the people of the state.
He recalled the Daru Salam sect incursion in 2018, when the fleeing sect members, dislodged from Niger State, took up refuge in the dense forest areas of Toto Local Government Area in the state.
He also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, and the security agencies, for the successes being recorded in the fight against banditry and kidnappings across the nation.
He expressed worry that the successes so far being recorded against bandits in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna and other states in the North West, may pose a threat to peace in Nasarawa State.
Governor Sule said that it has become necessary, for members of the council, to come together and strategize, to protect the people.
He commended the security agencies operating across the 13 local government areas of the state, particularly 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.