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Bauchi Governor Fingers LG Chairmen, Local Chiefs In Alleged Violent Crimes

Governor Bala Mohammed blames his council officials for the recent failure of security in six local government areas of the state.

Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria, has accused local government officials and community leaders of complicity in promoting violent crimes in the state. 

Mohammed made this accusation on Monday, Oct. 25 evening, when he hosted a special security meeting at the Government House, Bauchi, to address the rising incidence of “banditry and related hostility” in six local government areas of the state. 

The governor said he had to convene the meeting to address the deteriorating security situation in the affected local government areas, which has led to illegal possession and encroachment on government lands by terrorists known locally as bandits. 

He bemoaned “a surge in the activities of ‘miscreants and bandits’ in Toro, Dass, Alkaleri, Ningi, Tafawa Balewa and Ganjuwa, LGAs which has led to abductions, loss of lives and properties”.

“Recently, we are experiencing a surge in the activities of miscreants and terrorists, especially bandits that are going around some local governments in the state,” Governor Mohammed who is also a former Minister of the FCT said. 

“They have abducted a lot of people and we have lost lives and properties and of course, our security agencies have been doing very well.”

“This is a very worrisome development because the majority of our people live in the rural areas and if there is insecurity there, we are going to have problems.”

The chairmen, who are also the chief executive officers in their respective local government areas, were expected to hold weekly meetings with heads of security agencies in their local governments but have reportedly failed to do that in the past, leading to lapses in security. 

The governor said he would not condone any act of criminal collaboration that would shortchange the state and the good people of the state. 

He later went into a closed-door session with the 20 local government chairmen, top security officials.

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Abdulkareem Haruna

Abdulkareem Haruna is a Nigerian journalist who has provided extensive coverage of the Lake Chad conflict in north-eastern Nigeria for over a decade. A graduate of English Language with a Diploma in Mass Communications. He previously worked as an assistant editor with Premium Times and Leadership Newspaper. Haruna has a strong knowledge of the Northeast and follows the trends in the region closely.

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