Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said most forests across the country now accommodate terrorists, armed robbers, bandits and criminals.
The governor said this Friday while speaking with State House reporters after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on the security situation in his state.
He described the current security challenges in the country as “unfortunate” and called on the president to assist state governors.
He also asked for the establishment of another military training base in the forest bordering states of Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi and Plateau, to check the activities of the criminals.
“There are challenges all over the country that are unfortunate, but we believe Mr. President is doing his best with other stakeholders in order to curtail the situation.
“We need the helping hand of almost everybody, especially governors and chairmen of local governments. We have observed that the security situation now, our forest are the major problems because they accommodate bandits; they accommodate terrorists, they accommodate armed robbers and they accommodate those who are criminals.
“In Kano State, we have taken some measures. We have two large forests, the Falgore forest, which is bordering Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi and also not far away from Plateau. In that forest, we established a military training ground in conjunction with the Army,” he said.