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Kwara, Niger plan military operation to dislodge criminal elements in forests

A military operation is underway to dislodge and clear criminal elements from forests between Kwara and Niger States.

This was part of the highlights of security issues discussed at a state security council meeting convened by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq alongside Commanders of various security agencies in the state on Monday, in efforts to curtail kidnapping, banditry and other crimes.

The governor, according to a statement by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaye, also discussed proposed regulations of specific transport operators in synergy with their umbrella bodies to curb crimes and renewed efforts to reposition Operation Harmony.

He commended security agencies for being proactive, assuring that Kwara will always take every step to protect lives and properties.

Governor Abdulrazaq, who also briefed the council about national strategies taken to tackle the farmers/herders crisis, such as ranching and its funding under the National Livestock Transformation Programme, stressed the need for Nigerians to live in peace and respect one another’s economic rights.

He said there are renewed efforts to douse the tension between herders and farmers through initiatives that would gradually phase out open grazing in exchange for a permanent settlement for herders.

On the controversial hijab issue over which ten grant-aided Christian schools were shut last week, Governor Abdulrazaq said ” It is being tackled through engagements with stakeholders from the Muslim and Christian communities.”

Another engagement has been slated for Tuesday to firm up the government’s position on the hijab issue, he added.


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