Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has said that the spate of insecurity in Toro local government area of the state resisted measures taken to tame it.
The Governor said because of the position of Toro, criminal elements from the Northwest, Northcentral and within Northeast escape into the large forests and vast field of Toro, making the local government a resuscitating ground.
Bala Mohammed said this on Saturday while distributing over 70 million Naira empowerment packs to 500 beneficiaries at Toro township stadium.
He said the joint task force working to ensure peace in the local government has been doing so well to protect the lives and property of indigenes of Toro, some forms of insecurity are being recorded thereby retarding deliberate government efforts to end insecurity in the area.
The governor said the same criminal elements in Toro manoeuvred their ways to Alkaleri, Dass and Tafawabales to perpetrate crimes.
“Yes we have paid attention to the issue of security because security in Bauchi is key and Toro local government is the place that is most disturbed by insecurity, not because of the geographical location of the area or because Toro people are criminals or they are harbouring criminals but because of the movement of criminals from the Northwest, from the Northcentral and even within the Northeast.
“So, it is an incubation centre. People moving into Toro going to Tafawabalewa. Dass and Alkaleri. That is the movement,” he said.
Governor Bala took time to appeal to the people of the local government to appreciate the notion that security is a communal issue that must be taken seriously by all and sundry so as to make everyone sleep with both eyes closed.
“We have the Joint Task Force that is always paying attention in Toro but I am disturbed by the spate of abduction; by the spate of insecurity.
“It is the only local government that is always defying solutions but we are doing more and we are going to do more.
“Of course we have people coming to settle in the Lame Forest, I am calling on the local councils and the traditional rulers to open their eyes; to shine their eyes. We are not unwelcoming people coming or strangers but we don’t welcome criminals into our state.
“We don’t have to be selling the forest. The Lame-Burra is one of the largest in Nigeria but it is almost destroyed. Certainly, as a government, we are taking very stringent measures to make sure that this thing does not continue,” Bala said.
The governor said he thoroughly understood the need for the local councils to expand and open up to be in tune with the rapid growth of the population which oftentimes comes along with the need for urban expansion, thus pledged to construct three key roads in the local government before the end of his tenure.
Governor Bala said he resolved to do execute more developmental projects in Toro local government because of the large number of people inhabiting the vast territorial landmass of the area, which he said is enough to be stated on its own.
“I want to tell you that I have paid attention to that gap and we have almost procured a road from Mararaban Gumau to Gumau because that road is key. And, we are going to build another road from Rishi to Tulu because we have so many people.
“Again, because of the population that I saw, on the south-western part of the local government, we are building another road before the end of our tenure from Rimin-Zayam to Palama to Dass
“It is the only local government that we have not done new roads, and, we must do it. We don’t exclude local governments because of elections,” the governor assures.