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Failure to end insurgency shameful, Bauchi governor declares

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Army repels attacks on Borno communities as Masari forecloses amnesty for bandits
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, yesterday, declared that failure to end Boko Haram insurgency has become shameful, insisting that the fight against the terrorists had taken too long.

Mohammed said this while hosting the House of Representatives Committee on Army at Government House, Bauchi.

“The House of Representatives is led by a competent legislator, Femi Gbajabiamila. That is why most members of Committee are from the North East and I know why he did that. Make us safe. If is not dealt with, it is a shame because it is taking too long,” he said.

Mohammed said sophistication of bandits and cattle rustlers had forced the Army to assume the duties of police, adding: “The Army is always yearning for equipment and manpower and they are overstretched, the ratio of citizens to Nigeria Army is very large.”

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BESIDES, troops of 192 Battalion of the Nigeria Army and Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), repelled attacks on Pulka and Gwoza communities in Borno State.

Insurgents had severally attacked the border communities with Cameroon leading to loss of several lives and destruction of property between 2014 and 2017.

Confirming the incident in Maiduguri, Leader of Civilian JTF, Abubakar Kalakwa, said: “The multiple attacks commenced about 9:15p.m. on Sunday with sporadic multiple gunshots,” adding that the insurgents, who came from the Guduf Hills and east of Gwoza to attack residents of Gwoza, also blew up the military Pulka gate with explosives.

MEANWHILE, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has restated that his administration would no longer grant amnesty to bandits, as it closed the window of grace months ago.

Masari stated this at the weekend when he received 26 girls of between eight and 12 years old, who the Zamfara State government rescued from bandits, saying the victims were abducted last Tuesday at Dan-Aji village in Faskari Council Area of Katsina State during an attack.

While the Zamfara State government said no ransom was paid, The Guardian learnt that members of the community from where the girls were kidnapped paid substantial amount of money before they were released.

Masari said the state government’s responsibility was to support operations of security forces in decimating bandits, who terrorise residents in frontline council areas of the state.

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