The Bauchi State House of Assembly has expressed worries over the spate of insecurity in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State where bandits have intensified their operations.
Ibrahim Tanko Burra, a member representing Burra Constituency made the presentation under matters of urgent public importance at a plenary on Wednesday.
He noted the “very sad and devastating” situation in Burra constituency where incessant killings and kidnappings have become the order of the day.
“People in my constituency and Ningi central constituency are living in fear and panic,” he told his co-lawmakers. “They are afraid to go to their farms for fear of the criminals.”
“Businesses are being shut down in many villages and traditional rulers and wealthy individuals no longer live in their villages because they are the major targets of the criminals.
“Most of them either moved from their villages to Burra and Ningi towns or other parts of the country for safety.,” he added.
Burra also noted that the bandits, apart from kidnapping, now resorted to launching attacks on innocent people, in the process, killing some and injuring others while properties were looted.
“Recently unknown gunmen attacked Kada Village of Kurmi Ward of my constituency in which they shot dead 6 people, which include, the ward head of Kada Mai Anguwa Ali aged 50, among others.
“They also burgled shops in the village and carted away with foodstuffs and two motorcycles.
“The gunmen, on their way, ambushed a security outfit in which a dedicated member of a vigilante group who contributed a lot in securing our communities, Aminu Aminai was killed,” he stressed.
The lawmaker commended the government, security agencies and spirited citizens of the area for their contributions in tackling the problem.
Burra, however, appealed to the assembly to call on the state government to collaborate with the security agencies to intensify efforts and curb insecurity in the state.
The speaker of the assembly, Abubakar Sulaiman also expressed dismay over the spate of insecurity in the constituency, saying the issue of insecurity in Ningi LGA is “disturbing.”
The speaker moved a motion for the adoption and the House unanimously adopted the motion moved by Burra to voice vote.
The house called on the government to take urgent steps in curbing the incessant insecurity bedevilling the Bura constituency and the state at large.