Nasarawa Govt Meet With CDS Over Bandits Issues

Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Christopher Musa, over the flow of bandits and other criminals from other states to the state.

Sule raised an alarm on Tuesday over the numbers of bandits fleeing from crisis spots in the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State to Nasarawa.

He also said he had noticed the increase of illegal production of small arms and ammunition in the state.

The governor said his visit was to inform the Defence Chief of the need to act fast to salvage the situation.

Sule said, “First and foremost, as you know, Nasarawa State has the largest proximity to the Federal Capital Territory among other States, so, security in Nasarawa State is always very critical to the North and Nigeria. As usual, I am a very regular visitor to this office of the CDS.

“I discussed a few issues about security challenges. Moreover, as the head of security agencies, I believe he is in a better position to handle them than anyone else.

“I’m not a security man. I don’t know much about Nasarawa’s security challenges but I believe he will handle them. Nasarawa is surrounded by several states with security challenges or another. It started with Benue where open-grazing laws existed. We have some challenges there.

“There was an influx of Fulanis who didn’t want to stay in Benue into Nasarawa State. We have an issue on the plateau today because of the Mangu crisis. We always have some people that are always running for their interests in Nasarawa.

“Sometimes, we have some challenges in the southern part of Kaduna, and some people also run into Nasarawa. Even here in FCT, if they have problems, they turn to Nasarawa. For that reason, Nasarawa has become a base for some criminals and they transit through that place.

“Of course, you have some of these challenges to discuss in other areas. They are helpful for me to share with CDS who is in a better position to look at them and handle them.”

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