Security operatives in the states of the North-West have uncovered a den of armed robbers and terrorists in the region.
Men of the Joint Task Force including operatives of the State Security, the police, and the army were said to have provided detailed analyses of the evil forest used mainly to launch attacks in Zamfara, Kaduna, Kano and Katsina by suspected terrorists and bandits in recent months.
Reports in the hands of top government officials confirmed that some of the states were warned of possible attacks before the recent onslaughts in the zone, adding that possible lack of political will was responsible for the attack.
It was gathered that the Birnin Gwari forest bordering Zamfara, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Kaduna states houses the suspected terrorists and armed robbers, some of whom were described as cattle rustlers.
At least four groups have been identified in the forests by the security agencies, with some of them said to have acquired sophisticated weapons kept in the forests.
A source in the administration stated that some vital signs from the groups have been secured in the wake of the recent attacks on Zamfara.
Following the attacks by the group of armed robbers and terrorists from the Birnin Gwari forests in June 2013, security operatives had taken more interests in unraveling them. Some of the groups were said to be of Fulani extraction, while some were not even Nigerians.
In the case of Zamfara State, it was learnt that the state government constituted a committee led by one Alhaji Sani Gomina after the attacks on Kizara in Tsafe Local Government area in June 2013.
The team set up by Governor Abubakar Yari was said to have gone round and dissuaded the bandits from carrying arms against the state, a step, which Sunday Tribune gathered yielded positive fruits until politics crept in recently.
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