Gaidam condemns military, police clash in anti-terrorism fight
• ‘Lack of surveillance cause of terrorists’ raid of communities’
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State yesterday condemned the recent clash between the army and police in Damaturu, the state capital.He made the condemnations at a two-day sensitisation workshop on the implementation of National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) for Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe states.
The clash, which occurred between troops of Operation Lafia Dole and the Mobile Police, claimed the lives of three policemen and a soldier. The governor condoled the families of the officers who loss their lives and others who sustained injuries in the clash.
According to the governor: “The security agencies in the northeast cannot succeed without strategising closely with each other.”He called for proactive steps to be taken by the army and police headquarters “to forestall a recurrence.
Gaidam urged the state Commissioner of Police, Sumonu Abdulmaliki to establish an orientation programme for members of the vigilance group on how to arrest and treat suspected criminals.
He also charged the people to continue to offer information about the suspicious movement of individuals and groups to enable the security agencies to take necessary action.
The governor urged the traditional rulers to monitor strangers in their communities, while the local council chairmen should support the vigilance groups in their areas. In Gombe State, the Acting-Governor, Charles Iliya, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring normalcy in the northeast region.
He made the commendation while receiving the Vice Chairman of the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), Tijjani Musa Tumsa in his office.Iliya said: “The situation in northeast had grown from bad to worst following the killing of many people and the bombing of our markets, motor parks, schools, hospitals, banks and security outfits.”
The vice chairman said the committee was in the state to engage government on the “Buhari Plan” which seeks to harmonise the activities of the sub-committees on security, humanitarian, finance, economy and education.
Meanwhile, Lack of security surveillance and monitoring mechanism has been identified as the reason the terrorists had successfully raided communities in the region.This was disclosed at a public policy dialogue on community resilience organised yesterday by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).
The centre’s Executive Director, Y.Z Ya’u, said a research conducted in 16 communities across the six states in the region revealed the cause.Members of the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) were also in attendance.
The lead researcher, Prof. Jibrin Ibrahim, said while some communities were completely overtaken and subdued by the insurgents, “some were able to bounce back after the shock to re-establish some normality.”
The workshop recommended the enhancement of local conflict management skills, addressing of extreme social inequality, encouraging inclusive community leadership and developing community early warning system.