Bauchi State authorities on Monday raised an alarm over the safety threats to the state following an inflow of armed bandits from neighbouring states the place rebel group, Boko Haram operates and causes hardship.
Addressing journalists on the Authorities Home, Bauchi, after an emergency safety council assembly, the Secretary to the State Authorities (SSG), Mohammed Sabiu Baba, raised the alarm, including that some bandits have infiltrated the state.
The SSG, who was within the firm of safety brokers whereas addressing journalists, knowledgeable that no fewer than 5 bandits had been nabbed by safety operatives within the state to date.
He mentioned the latest assault on Geidam in Yobe State by Boko Haram terrorists had led to an inflow of individuals into Bauchi State, including that this had put the state underneath safety threats.
He knowledgeable that individuals have been coming into the state by 4 native governments areas within the northern a part of the state, including that services in Bauchi State have been being overstretched because of the inflow.
The native authorities areas by which individuals enter Bauchi in response to Baba, are Gamawa; Dambam; Darazo and Zaki.
Baba mentioned these LGAs share boundaries with Yobe State and are nearer to Geidam, the place Biko Haram components just lately hoisted their flag after capturing the city.
“This inflow of the displaced individuals has put the state underneath safety risk. Our services at the moment are overstretched and we aren’t snug with the event. Safety methods have been developed to make sure that the risk doesn’t flip into assault within the state,” the SSG mentioned.
He knowledgeable that henceforth individuals coming into the state, notably by the 4 affected LGAs, can be correctly profiled to make sure that they don’t enter the state with weapons.
The scribe mentioned the state authorities had determined to accentuate safety operations, together with air surveillance within the affected areas of the state.
“Now we have determined to begin profiling of all of the individuals coming into Bauchi State notably within the 4 affected LGAs shall be carried out to be able to uncover these with harmful weapons and demobilize them.
“The state authorities will be sure that the joint operations of the safety companies shall be intensified, notably air surveillance across the affected LGAs,” Baba revealed.
He revealed that some bandits have been arrested whereas vandalising MTN installations in Gamawa Native Authorities Space of the state.
“Some bandits have been arrested for vandalizing the MTN installations in Gamawa LGA with the intention of blocking communications within the space in preparation for an assault,” the SSG knowledgeable.
Whereas saying that the state authorities will determine internally displaced individuals (IDPs) who had entered Bauchi State, the SSG mentioned that at present they weren’t being camped in a specific place.
He mentioned the displaced individuals have been mingling and shifting amongst individuals of the 4 affected LGAs, including that they have been being accommodated by residents of the communities within the areas.
He, nonetheless, mentioned that safety companies would go around the communities to fish out the displaced individual ] for correct identification and provision of reduction supplies for them.
DAILY POST had on thirtieth April 2021 reported that there was worry amongst residents over the inflow of individuals from states experiencing Boko Haram actions and banditry, which is threatening the relative peace within the state.