The Kaduna Chief Forest Ranger, Mr Hamisu Sulaiman said on Wednesday that six rangers died in the line of duty from January 2018 to date.
Sulaiman made this known in an event organised to mark the 2019 World Rangers Day in Kaduna.
He said that the rangers were shot and killed by bandits while some died by snake bites.
Sulaiman said 26 others had died from similar attacks in the last 26 years.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to join in raising awareness of poaching activities within the National Parks and protected areas across the country.
The Ibrahim Hussaini, the Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resource, appreciated the selfless efforts of rangers for ensuring the protection of Nigeria’s biodiversity within the National Parks and other protected areas.
Hussaini, who was represented by Mr Steven Joseph, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry said the celebration was to commemorate rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and the work rangers do to protect nature.
Abdulahi Hassan, an environmental expert in his paper presentation titled: “Forest security” said the security of the forest had dwindled leading to massive deforestation and environmental degradation.
“To sustain our forest is only going to come through increased ranger support and we feel both private and state organisations have to do more to address it.
“In the current climate, we cannot afford to have rangers not operating at optimal levels, rangers’ wellbeing is not luxury, it is imperative.
“It is high time that adequate support is offered to safeguard our rangers who are the only thing standing between poachers and our reserves,” he said.