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 parts of the Gashaka Gumti National Park as false.

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

Goni said a news report  on bandits taking parts of the Gashaka Gumti National Park which emanated from the Africa Independent Television (AIT) on April 29 was not true.

AIT attributed the information to Taraba Governor, Darius Ishaku.

Goni stated that Gashaka Gumti National Park or any part thereof, had not been taken 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 not 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 , and the National Park had been working in collaboration with other sister agencies in ensuring safety of all the parks.

“Right now, partners and tourists at various parks across the country and to the best of knowledge, no part of the park has been declared a hideout for bandits by security ,” 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, doors are always open for enquiries and even suggestions that help us deliver class tourist services,” he said.

The News Agency 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)