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Insecurity: Bauchi government indicts traditional institution, operatives

By Rauf Oyewole, Bauchi
01 August 2022   |   3:59 am
Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has said obnoxious elements of the traditional and security institutions are complicit in the attacks in the state.

Bala Mohammed. Photo/FACEBOOK/ senbalamohammed

Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has said obnoxious elements of the traditional and security institutions are complicit in the attacks in the state.

He believes that the attack could not have happened without the collaboration of those obnoxious elements within the communities, urging those concerned to fear God.

Mohammed revealed this, yesterday, during a visit to his Duguri hometown, Alkaleri Local Council, to commiserate with his kinsmen over the killing of two villagers and abduction of their three sons. He had visited Garin Sambo and Mansur on Saturday for the same purpose.

Vowing not to allow his people to be trampled upon by bandits, he added: “I am from here. I am having sleepless nights because my people are having problems. This is where I was born and bred to become what I am today. It is unacceptable to me to be governor and my people are being killed.”

He attributed the criminality in the area to economic activities.

“We have the best agricultural soil where people have been farming for a long time. We have so many minerals. That is why we are having this problem.

“The security agencies are trying their best; the local council is trying its best and the state government is also making its contributions. Even the Federal Government is doing its best,” he said.

Mohammed noted that the policy of community engagement had taken him to places where the ugly incidents happen.

“We went to Toro, Pali, Mansur and then Tafawa Balewa, just to commiserate with the people.

“We have already requested the two district heads to look inward as we are doing, so that we can arrest these issues of compromise and information giving to the bandits,” he said.

According to him, there is no way somebody from somewhere or Zamfara would visit a secluded place in Shafa to kill somebody, unless he has an informant or collaborator.

“The security agencies cannot do it alone, and that is why we are establishing this system of feedback.

“I heard that some people within us are even feeding the bandits in their secret places or giving them grains and flour to feed. T We are going to take measures against such people, wherever they are and no matter how close they are to us, because we have to take decisions to keep our people safe,” the governor said.

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