Army, National Park Collaborate to Fight Banditry in the Forest
As a way of combating the heinous criminal activities of bandits and other security challenges associated with forests, the Nigerian Army has resolved to support National Park Service (NPS).
This was disclosed during an official handing over of two brand new hilux vehicles by the Nigerian Army to the National Park Service at Army Headquarters Command Officers’ Mess, to enhance efficient and effective patrol of the forest.
The presentation was made by Major General Okwudili Azinta who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.
The COAS urged the beneficiary to make judicious use of the vehicles to flush out the bandits out of our forests, which have been serving as safe haven for criminal activities.
He said “Our landmass is about 923,000 square kilometres, which out of this total areas, it’s only 10% that are protected.
“As it is now, Nigeria has 7 parks with 300 forest reserves, if not properly protected, it would serve as a safe haven for all sort of criminal activities.”
The Conservator-General, National Park Service, Ibrahim Goni expressed delight that the Army will be using its service to secure the nation’s forests and reserved areas.