As the fight against banditry and kidnappings receive a boost, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State has disclosed plans by the Nigerian Army to establish a special camp around the troubled areas in the state.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, in a statement on Wednesday, said Mr Sani-Bello made the disclosure when he went on a progress assessment tour of the special Army super camp 4 of operation Sahel sanity in Faskari, Katsina State.
According to the statement, the governor, along with his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai were received by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
The statement noted that the Special Army Camp 4, which is an Army operation, code named “Sahel Sanity” was recently established to deal with security issues in the North-Western States and Niger State in the North-Central region.
Governor Sani Bello said that forests in Niger State share boundaries with North Western states and as a result, have suffered similar fate hence the need for such special Camp.
According to him, when such camp is established in the state, it will help in bringing an end to the security challenges in the region.
“I am also made to understand that more camps are coming up, one in Niger State which I believe will go a long way towards addressing these challenges,” he said.
The governor assured that with such camps in place, the environment would be secured and safe for the inhabitants, thereby making life and farming activities return to normalcy.
The statement noted that, after receiving a brief on the successes recorded so far, the governors concluded that the Super Camp 4 has boosted the confidence of the people in the area as reflected in the agricultural activities going on in the areas.
Both governors commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative, applauding the efforts of the Chief of Army Staff, officers and men of the Nigeria Army for their resilience in bringing succour to the local communities.