…Gov Bala Mohd raises alarm, says B/Haram fighters invade 4 Bauchi LGAs
…Says suspected terrorists infiltrated Zaki, Dambam, Darazo, Gamawa
…That terrorist came from Geidam, Yobe State recently captured by insurgents
…Assures that govt is profiling people coming into Bauchi to stem their plans
BARELY three weeks after Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello said that Boko Haram insurgents have taken over a local government area in the state and hoist their flag, his Bauchi state counterpart, Bala Mohammed raised the alarm that insurgents have invaded four local government areas in the state.
He said suspected Boko Haram fighters infiltrated the four local government areas of the state that share border with Geidam in Yobe state which was recently attacked and taken over by the insurgents. Bala spoke through the Secretary to the state Government, SSG, Sabiu Baba at a press conference after an emergency security council meeting held at the Government House, Bauchi yesterday and presided over by the governor.
According to him, the suspected terrorists who have infiltrated Zaki, Dambam, Darazo and Gamawa local government areas have already launched an attack on a communication mast belonging to a Mobile Telecommunication Network and carted away some of the properties. “There was emergency Security Council meeting of Bauchi state this afternoon and the meeting was to look into the attack by Boko Haram in Geidam, Yobe state and the takeover of that town and implications for Bauchi state.
“Bauchi state is sharing border with Yobe state in four local government areas of Zaki, Dambam, Darazo and Gamawa. The implications of what has happened in Geidam are that there is a lot of influx of people moving into Bauchi state from Yobe. “Of course, that will put a lot of strain on our facilities and resources, and considering the kind of movement of Boko Haram activities, the security implications there are also very high. “The meeting today was to discuss the implications at that, identify the security threats and how to contain them from the Bauchi end,” he said.
Speaking further, he observed that security is the collective duty of all and that government do not expect the security agencies alone to tackle the problem, “so all hands must be on deck including traditional and religious leaders and all groups.” “It will be expected that we will continue to profile whoever is coming into the state. I can tell you that some people coming into the state come in with weapons and it’s the profiling that will help us stem that kind of problem”, the SSG added. It would be recalled that the Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello was quoted to have said that the Islamist group, Boko Haram has reportedly hoisted a flag in one of the local government areas of the state. Governor Bello also said that close to 3,000 people have been displace following increased terror and armed gang activities.
“Their towns have been taken over by bandits and Boko Haram elements. Their wives have been seized from them and forcefully attached to Boko Haram members. “I am confirming that we have Boko Haram elements in Niger State, around Kaure.
They have taken over the territory. They have installed their flag,” the governor was quoted to have said. He warned that the increased terror elements in the state poised a greater threat to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja which Niger borders to the east. “The Boko Haram elements are trying to use this area as their home, just as they did in Sambisa. Sambisa is hundreds of kilometers away from Abuja. But Kaure is less than two hours drive to Abuja. So nobody is safe anymore. Not even Abuja is safe,” Governor Bello warned
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