Nigerian Army lauds Nasarawa govt. for constructing road at Uttu forest

Nigerian Army lauds Nasarawa govt. for constructing road at Uttu forest

The Nigerian Army has commended the Nasarawa State Government for the construction of an access road through the Kenyehu Uttu Forest and contiguous hills in Toto Local Government Area of the state.


The Army conveyed the commendation via statement by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, on Wednesday in Abuja.


Musa said that the state government heeded the advice of the Nigerian Army, which was conveyed through the Commander, 4 Special Forces Command, Doma, to construct the access road.


He said that the opening up of the remote and isolated area, with its attendant infrastructural development, would bring governance and prosperity to such hitherto ungoverned spaces.


According to him, this will, no doubt, enhance the general security of the area.


“The Nigerian Army wishes to use this opportunity to call on other states to emulate the good example of Nasarawa State in this strategic effort.


“In its resolve and unwavering commitment to mitigate all forms of security threats in any part of the country, the Nigerian Army drew the attention of Nasarawa and Kogi State Governments to the need to open up certain roads


“These roads are Umashan-Adaosun/Sardauna-Uttu road and Uguma-Kpokpobili-Uttu-Igwapati-Uttu road in Nasarawa and Kogi States respectively.


“This will ease and enhance the operations of security agencies in the areas and bring succour to the law-abiding citizens in the areas,’’ he said.


Musa said that the 4 Special Forces Command, based in Doma, Nasarawa State, had recently conducted clearance operations in the forest and destroyed identified hideouts of terrorists.


He said that during the operations, no fewer than 778 family members of suspected terrorists and bandits, mostly women and children, were rescued by the troops.


He said that several terrorists were also neutralised, while a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the criminals.

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