by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State says the State Government is taking “proactive steps” to stop fleeing bandits currently being dislodged by series of military incursions in the Northwest, from infiltrating the state.
The governor disclosed this when he summoned a security meeting that held at the Government House, on Monday.
While congratulating President Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the security agencies for the successes being recorded in the fight against banditry and kidnappings across the country, Governor Sule expressed worry that fleeing bandits may seek refuge in mostly inaccessible parts of the state.
According to him, there was need for the state to take proactive steps, in order to stop these fleeing bandits from taking refuge in Nasarawa State and avoid a repeat of the case of the outlawed Darussalam Sect.
The governor expressing concern that the successes so far being recorded against bandits in Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna and other states in the Northwest may actually pose a threat to peace in Nasarawa State by way of influx of these brigands.
Governor Sule further emphasized that it has, therefore, become necessary for members of the Council to come together and strategize, with a view to protecting the people.
According to him, dislodging the bandits by security forces in the northwest states can actually force the surviving bandits to seek refuge in neighbouring states like Plateau, Nasarawa and the FCT, if necessary (counter)measures are not taken by the neighbouring states.
It could be recalled that in 2018, members of the Darussalam Sect, who were dislodged from Niger State, took refuge in the dense forest areas of Toto Local Government Area of the state and wreaked havoc on members of the state.