Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has accused non-state actors of colluding with bandits and other criminal elements, thereby engendering criminality and insecurity in Nigeria.
The Director Army Public Relations,
Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said in a statement that Bagudu made the remark when the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday at the Government House in Kebbi State.
The Governor who frowned at the behaviour of the non-state which is shielded by unpatriotic Citizens,
urged the Nigerian Army to continue to partner with other security agencies and Stakeholders to rid the North West of banditry.
He stressed that operations of the Nigerian Army (NA) in State has enabled farmers access to their farms without threats; especially farmers in Danko Wassagu, who have now returned to their occupation.
The Governor also urged the NA to sustain her operations and bring about lasting peace in Kebbi State and Nigeria at large and reaffirmed the government commitment in collaborating with the Nigerian Army to tackle insecurity in the State.
In his remarks, the COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya lauded the state government and people of Kebbi State for their support to the Nigerian Army.
He tasked the government to sensitize the public on the danger of colluding with bandits to create panic within their Communities.
Our Correspondent reports that the operational visit by the COAS to 8 Division Area of Responsibility, afforded him the opportunity to assess troops’ operational engagements in the Division’s Area of responsibility.
EDITOR’S NOTE: SHEIKH ABUBAKAR GUMI INTERACTING WITH A SUSPECTED BANDIT BEARING FIREARM IS USED AS FEATURED PHOTOGRAPH