Traditional ruler seeks deployment of troops to Borgu



The Emir Borgu, Niger State, Muhammad Dantoro, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the deployment troops to Borgu, to check the activities kidnappers and criminal elements.

Reacting to the news kidnapping the district head Wawa, the Dodo Wawa, Dr Mahmoud Ahmed in Borgu, he said that the call became necessary because the vast Borgu forest is the nucleus of the famous Kainji Lake National Park.

”This is an urgent appeal and call for immediate deployment the military both air and ground to root out these insurgents,” he said.

The monarch, however denied media reports, saying he was kidnapped by the insurgents, noting that he was safe and healthy.

” I have been receiving calls from Nigerians far and wide who wanted to confirm if I was safe. Yes I am safe. I was not the victim but the district head Wawa community in my kingdom.

“Also, the district head Dekara was kidnapped about four months ago and has not been found.

“I am saddened over the development and request that the military respond and comb the forest the Kainji Lake National Park and rescue the district heads and other victims held in the the large expanse the pristine forest ecosystem.

” This should be done before they move across the borders into Benin Republic,” he said.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Kainji National Park was established in 1978 and is divided into three distinct sectors,the Zuguma Game Reserve, the Borgu Gane Reserve and the Kainji Lake.

Since 2005, the protected area is considered a Lion Conservation Unit.

The Borgu Game Reserve is mostly made up Savanna forest and has an area 3,929 km2 (1,517 sq mi). (NAN)