By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
The Nigeran army has commended the Nasarawa State Government, for accepting to construct an access road through the Kenyehu Uttu Forest and contiguous hills, in Toto Local Government Area.
The military made the commendation in a statement issued last week, signed by Colonel Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations.
According to the statement, opening up access into such remote and isolated areas, with attendant infrastructural development, will not only bring governance closer to the people but also enhance the security of the area.
The Nigerian army thereby called on other states in the country to emulate Nasarawa State in this strategic initiative.
“Furthermore, in its resolve and unwavering commitment to mitigate all forms of security threats in any part of the country, the Nigerian Army has, through the Commander 4 Special Forces Command, drawn the attention of Nasarawa and Kogi State Governments on the need to open up Road Umashan – Adaosun/Sardauna – Uttu and Road Uguma- Kpokpobili – Uttu – Igwapati – Uttu in Nasarawa and Kogi States respectively.
“This if done will ease and enhance the operation of security agencies in the area which will bring succor to the law abiding citizens in the areas,” the statement added.
Recall that on the 20 September 2020, the 4 Special Forces Command of the Nigerian Army which is based in Doma, Nasarawa State, conducted clearance operations in the Uttu Forest and destroyed identified terrorists’ hideouts.
During the operation, no fewer than 778 family members of suspected terrorists and bandits consisting mostly women and children were rescued by troops.
Several suspected terrorists were neutralized and large cache of arms and ammunition recovered from the criminals.