Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Friday, March 11, said that his administration had in the last seven years in office, destroyed the Central Command of terrorists.
Ganduje made this known in a paper entitled “Challenges of Insecurity and Nation Building,” which he presented at the 2020 Alumni Lecture of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Worldwide, held at Dame Edith Okowa Auditorium of the university.
Ganduje said the development has chased terrorists away from the state.
The governor linked his efforts in curtailing the lingering attacks and other similar criminalities to the synergy between his government and the security.
He also said other governors across Nigeria should adopt this approach to tackle their individual states’ security problems.
The governor then urged his colleagues to fully and effectively collaborate with security agencies in their respective states to fight terrorism.
He said, “Let me emphasise that state governments need to cooperate and work together with security agencies in dealing with the situation (insecurity) at hand.”
The Governor added that Kano has seen the benefits of this synergic engagement with security agencies at different levels.
He added, “Through it, we were able to identify and destroy the central command of the dreaded terrorist group and dealt a blow to their operations in Kano, amongst other criminalities.
On how he was able to achieve that, Ganduje said, “They (security) were provided with logistics and equipment and setting-up of a Police Anti-Cattle Rustling Squad, Ambush Squad, and Tactical Observation points along the Falgore Forest, which was hitherto the den of rustling.
“The state government has invested over N1billion on procurement of gadgets and operational vehicles for security operatives in the state.
“The government has also re-organised Vigilante Groups across the state to enhance community policing and complement efforts of conventional security operatives.”
Governor Ganduje argued that the menace of insecurity calls for a new approach that would be founded on credible intelligence gathering.
His words, “Government must not only continue to engage the security personnel, but it must also, more than ever before, recognize the need to devote more attention to security intelligence, capacity building to meet the global best practice standard and acquisition of modern technology.”