By: Aza Msue



Governors of six northern states surrounding the dreaded Kamuku Forest yesterday declared that the lingering insecurity in their areas would soon end.

The governors also tasked security chiefs in Kaduna to wipe out deadly criminals hiding in the for­est.

The six governors of Ka­duna, Katsina, Niger, Zam­fara, Kebbi and Sokoto, were meeting for the third time this year on how to totally root out cattle rus­tlers and other criminal elements in the forest area.

It would be recalled that in late July 2015, joint secu­rity task force operating in the forest in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, had killed notorious criminals and recovered over 1,000 stolen cattle.

Addressing journalists after its meeting in Ka­duna, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina after reviewing the efforts of security agencies in the area, said it was necessary to allow them to continue with operation in order to stamp out criminals from the forest.

His words: “We have asked the joint taskforce, comprising the Nigerian Army, Air Force, police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, to continue with their opera­tion till further notice.”

The governors tasked the Joint Task Force to re­double efforts at safeguard­ing lives and property, while assuring people of the states that “the linger­ing insecurity in the areas will soon come to an end.”

Kaduna’s deputy gover­nor, Barnabas Bantex, rep­resented the host governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai on the occasion.

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