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Ganduje seeks military help to sack criminals in Kano forest

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[FILES] Kano sate Governor, Ganduje. Photo: TWITTER/SADEQHENRY

DHQ says no mass retirement
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has raised the alarm that armed bandits have taken over forests in the state, calling on the military to help flush them out.

Ganduje, who disclosed this at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, where he met with the service chiefs, said the bandits were grouping in Falgore forest, even as the state government was working hard to open up the forests.

Though he assured of his administration’s commitment to sustain the relative peace in the state, the governor pleaded with the army to hasten work on the training depot in Falgore and take over the forest.

He, however, attributed the prevailing peace in the state to the cordial relationship between the government and security agencies.

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“My visit here today is to condole with the Nigerian Army over the death of the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 other officers. It was painful, untimely and sorrowful, but we are consoled that they died in active service to the nation.

“I am also here to seek the help of the army to sustain the peace in Kano, as bandits have converted some forests in the state to hideouts.”

Responding, the new COAS, Maj-Gen. Farouk Yahaya, promised to visit Falgore and see ways work could resume on army facilities in the forest.

MEANWHILE, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has allayed fears of mass retirement in the military, following the appointment of Yahaya as the COAS.

With the announcement by the military high command, there may be respite for members of Regular Course 35, 36 and 37, whose future in the military had been uncertain since the death of Attahiru.

Yahaya is a member of Regular Course 37.

There had been reports of looming sack of members of Course 35, 36 and 37, who are mainly Generals, in line with military tradition.

But the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, during a press conference, said retirement for senior officers was only voluntary.

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