Katsina gov’t reportedly ban farming in areas surrounding Rugu forest
The Katsina State government have reportedly placed a ban on all forms of farming activities around the dreaded Rugu forest due to the rising spate of insecurity in the so-called ‘front-line’ local government sharing border with the forest.
Recall that on Tuesday, Katsina Post reported to you the kidnapping of the village head of Labo, Batsari local government, Alhaji Maigari Bature, while working on his farm.
The Katsina State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the report urged farmers to comply with the government’s directive on the prohibition of farming in areas surrounding the Rugu forest.
“The police are on top of the matter to ensure that the village head is rescued from the kidnappers,” Isah said, noting that, “men of Operation Puff Adder responded to the distress call from the villagers but since it was inside his farmland, far away, near the Rugu forest, before they could reach there, the hoodlums had already fled into Rugu forest.
“We are following a lead that may assist us in his rescue and members of the communities are reminded to put the security of their lives first before embarking on any activity and also reminding them of the state government’s directives on the suspension of farming activities around the Rugu forest.
“If it becomes necessary that they must go to the farm, they should go in groups and also inform the security agencies for security back up.”
Bandits and kidnappers have virtually overrun Batsari, Jibia, Safana, Dan-Musa, Faskari, Sabuwa, Dandume, Kankara and parts of Kafur local government areas, all of which share a border with the Rugu forest and parts of Zamfara and Kaduna states.