Committee recommends establishment of military barracks in ‘Rugu’ forest

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KATSINA – The Katsina State Government committee on the recent gun attacks in Faskari and Sabuwa local government areas has called for the establishment of military barracks in ‘Rugu’ forest to provide security for nearby communities.

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The Committee Chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Maharazu Tsiga, made the call in Katsina on Tuesday while submitting a report to Gov. Ibrahim Shema.

He said that it had become necessary because of the number of people killed, injured and property lost in the attacks.

Tsiga urged the state and federal governments to equip security agents with logistics to adequately provide security for lives and property.

He advised the state government to take measures that would discourage illegal possession of arms by people in the area.

Tsiga urged the Federal Government to raid the forest as directed by President Goodluck Jonathan during his two-day visit to the state.

The committee chairman observed that the release of hardened criminals on bail had contributed greatly to the increase in criminal activities in the area.

He also advised the government to demarcate grazing lands for herdsmen as part of measures to avert Fulani and farmers clashes, which had become rampant in the area.

Tsiga urged the state government to look into the activities of vigilance groups in the areas and strengthen border patrols.

The committee urged the state government to offer financial assistance to victims’ families and called on stakeholders to join hands to make the area peaceful.

Responding, Shema promised that the recommendations would be presented to the State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday for adoption.

He commended the committee members for their effort in carrying out the assignment.

He urged the people to continue to live in peace with one another and report any suspicious movement of criminals to the relevant authorities. (NAN)

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