Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has said that criminal elements dislodged by recent military operations in Zamfara have infiltrated the state.
Mr. Al-Makura raised the alarm when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, visited him in Lafia.
He said that three hideouts of the criminals have been identified in the state and appealed to the Army chief to also extend its operation to the state.
“Since the military operation in Zamfara that dispersed the criminal elements, we have noticed a gradual sipping of some of them into our vicinity and we have been able to identify about three areas as their hideout.
“Once we finalize our survey, we shall liaise with you to use your usual formula to defeat the miscreants,” he said.
The governor commended the military for decimating the Boko Haram terrorists, and joining hands with other security agencies to curb security challenges in Nasarawa state.
Mr. Al-Makura pledged to support military authority to ensure successful take off of the Command Science Secondary School located in the state.
The governor also appreciated the support of the Army chief in decongesting the Abuja-Keffi highway.
He disclosed that the government had set up a task force to relocate all hawkers and petty traders operating along the road, to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
In his response, Mr. Buratai said the military was poised to rid the country of all criminal elements wherever they are hiding.
“We have more military exercises to carry out and wherever the criminals elements dispersed by our operations migrated to, we shall follow them and clear their doubts,” Mr. Buratai said.
He assured people of the state that the military would continue to monitor and collaborate with other security agencies to address any act of criminality.