Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has raised the alarm over an alleged regrouping of armed bandits around Falgore forest in the state.
Mr Ganduje raised the alarm on Thursday during his visit to the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, where he met with the Service Chiefs over the development.
According to the governor, the bandits have taken over the forest and are planning to carry out attacks on the state.
He, therefore, pleaded with the Nigerian Army to hasten work on their Training Depot at the forest.
He said: “My visit here today is to condole with the Nigerian Army over the death of the former Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru and ten other officers.
“It was painful, it was 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 Nigerian Army to sustain the peace in Kano State; bandits have converted some forests in the state into hideouts.
“We are building houses, schools and hospitals for the herdsmen in some of the forests but we want the Army to commence activities at the Falgore forest.”
Responding, the Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya, promised to visit the forest and see ways work could resume on the forest.
According to Mr Yahaya, Nigerian Army, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, is committed to defeating security challenges across the country.