The Nigerian Army has converted the Falgore forest in Doguwa Local Government Area of Kano State into a training ground.

Confirming the development yesterday, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said the forest was converted into a training ground to forestall criminal activities.

General Buratai said henceforth, young officers and men of the Nigerian Army would receive trainings in the forest.

“We have provided all necessary facilities needed for training in the forest. A borehole was also drilled for constant water supply,” he said.

He said the Army would ensure that Falgore forest is free of kidnapping, cattle rustling, armed robbery and other criminal activities.

Buratai, who was in Kano for the mopping up of Operation Harbin Kunama 2, said the operation had yielded positive results.

Buratai said although the operation Harbin Kunama 2, had ended, the military would remain in the forest.

“We are concurrently carrying out operations Harbin Kunama 1 in Zamfara State, Harbin Kunama 2 in Southern Kaduna and Kano State and Crocodile Smile in the South-south, as part of our efforts to secure the country from the activities of criminal elements.

“I can assure you that we are recording tremendous successes. We have arrested several criminals and recovered several weapons,” he said.

He appreciated the Kano State government for its support.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who accompanied the Chief of Army Staff to the forest, commended the officers and men for securing the forest.

Ganduje said the state government had donated 16 Hilux vans to the Nigerian Army for effective patrol in the forest.