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Bandits and insurgents are occupying 1,129 square metres of Nigeria’s forest reserves. Ibrahim Musa Goni, Conservator-General of the National Park Service (NPS), made the made this disclsure when he paid a visit to Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), at his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
Goni said his organisation was ready to partner the military in getting rid of bandits and insurgents, pointing out that the park service was established to protect and conserve bio-diversity in the areas known as national parks, game reserves and forest reserves.
Quoted him in a statement by Benjamin Sawyerr, information director of the Defence Headquarters: “These forest reserves and national parks which are approximately 1,129 square metres have become hideouts for bandits and terrorists”.
Goni said there was a need for the military and park service to sustain the existing synergy in tackling the country’s security challenges.
Said he: ”The military could be of assistance to the park service by training its personnel on securing the forests”.
On his part, Irabor, represented by Dahiru Sanda, an Sir Vice Marshal, said the military were committed to ensuring that the country was safe, adding that relevant stakeholders must support the park service towards ensuring that the forests were well protected from criminals.
Irabor asked the park service CG to share intelligence with the military that would help in combating criminals.