Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has expressed concern over the influx of terrorists fleeing crisis areas of the Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The governor, at an expanded security meeting held in the state capital to address some emerging security threats, also raised the alarm over the proliferation of illegal production of small arms and ammunition in the state.
The meeting, attended by security chiefs, selected local government chairmen and traditional rulers, revealed intelligence reports that located the bandits around Mangar and Ambaka areas in Wamba Local Government Area and Lafia East Development Area.
The agenda of the security meeting included reviewing the movement of Fulani herders in areas bordering the neighbouring Benue State.
The governor stated, “Recently, there have been movements of herders, especially Fulani herders. This may not pose a big security challenge because they are moving to grazing areas but unfortunately, those areas are also problematic because they are at the border between Keana and Guma Local Government Area in Benue State.”
He opined that it would be a recipe for problems down the line and around the Tunga area, which is their major concern.
Sule hailed the efforts of security agencies operating in the state for carrying out operations in Akwanga and Kokona local government areas that led to the arrest of a notorious kidnapper identified as Lagudi and some members of his gang.
The governor also hailed the 177 Guards Brigade and the police for their efforts in curtailing the activities of the notorious Yan Shara cult group in Keffi.
He called for additional effort by the security agencies to further prevent the Yan Shara from relocating to other areas.