National parks are not hideouts for criminals, says Conservator-General

The Nigeria National Park Service (NPS) has described the news report on television and social media that bandits taken over parts of the Gashaka Gumti National Park as false.

Dr Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General of the NPS made this known on Tuesday during a meeting held in Abuja.

Goni said a news report  on bandits taking over parts of the Gashaka Gumti National Park which emanated from the Africa Independent Television () on April 29 was true.

attributed the information to Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku.

Goni stated that Gashaka Gumti National Park or any part thereof, had been taken over by bandits or any other clandestine group or groups.

Quoting the governor, he said what the governor actually said was: “You can’t go to tourism places when you are sure of your life, you can’t go when you are afraid of kidnapping.

“You can’t go to any tourist site when the insecurity is alarmingly high”.

Goni noted that the challenge of insecurity was nationwide, and the National Park had been working in collaboration with other sister agencies in ensuring safety of all the parks.

“Right now, we our partners and tourists at our various parks across the country and to the best of our knowledge, part of the park has been declared a hideout for bandits by security operatives,” he explained.

Goni therefore assured the public that the parks were working assiduously with security agents to professionally keep them safe for tourists.

“At the Service, our doors are always open for enquiries and even suggestions that will us deliver world class tourist ,” he said.

The News of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gashaka Gumti National Park is located in the north eastern corner of Nigeria’s border with Cameroon, spanning Taraba and Adamawa States. (NAN)