Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, says terrorism under his watch would not be tolerated as it poses threats to residents and their businesses.
The governor disclosed this when he led heads of security agencies in the state and other government officials on a sympathy visit to Garin Sambo and Mansur Villages under the Gwana District of Alkaleri local council. The villages, WikkiTimes learnt, were attacked by marauding gunmen.
While commiserating with the affected communities, Governor Bala said his administration has taken a strong security approach through a vigilante system in a bid to bring to an end insurgents’ activities across the state, including banditry, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.
He warned community leaders against supporting bandits and kidnappers by giving vital information about their communities, saying that the state government would deal decisively with anyone found wanting by the security agencies.
His words: “We are here on behalf of the Government and people of Bauchi State to pay our condolences over the monumental loss of lives and properties that we have experienced here, many people have been killed by the insurgents and I have come to identify with you and to tell you that we are taking our responsibility as a Government seriously.
“I feel very sad on what is happening, we have taken a lot of initiatives through the vigilante system and intelligence. We will investigate the reports that some members of the security and traditional institutions are collaborating with criminals to carry out nefarious activities and we are hoping that our government proposed vigilante law would help to fish out the criminals and their collaborators.”
The governor appreciated the security agencies working in the state for their commitment to the maintenance of peace and security and reassured the people of the state that his administration will continue to do its best in protecting their lives and properties.
Governor Bala, therefore, acknowledged the efforts of the federal government in the fight against insecurity in the county and pledged the readiness of his administration to complement the efforts at the state level through the formation of security initiatives.