The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Adamu Usman says the Sarkin Pawa forest in Munya local government is believed to have been occupied by bandits, but discovered no operational camps in the area.
The Commissioner, who toured the area, accompanied by the commander, 31 Artillery Brigade Minna, Commander Air Force Base Minna, Brigadier General Gideon Ajetonmobi, State Director, DSS and state Commandant NSCDC, said the visit to the forest was to enable security agencies map out new strategies to flush out the bandits from the state.
The Police chief while, speaking with journalists at one of the hot spots in the forest, said the bandits are operating in the axis and have come to ensure that the routes are blocked.
According to Usman, the bandits do not have operational camps in Niger State, they rush in from Kaduna area of the forest to attack border communities, mostly village settlements in Niger state and run back before the men get them.
He added that they have discovered that the bandits converge in Gidani village in Kaduna area of the forest located about 30 kilometers away from Niger state, from where they launch attacks on these border communities.