Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State, Northeast Nigeria, has accused the leaders of traditional institutions of conspiring with criminals to worsen insecurity in the state.
Despite its location as the gateway between the Northwest and the Northeast that were ravaged by insecurity, Bauchi State has remained relatively peaceful.
However, there have been concerns about an inflow of criminals into the state who had begun working as kidnappers. Several cases were reported recently.
Governor Mohammed made the accusation while giving empowerment items and cash to youths in Darazo Local Government Area of the state.
He stated that the traditional rulers’ acts endanger people’s lives and property, and warned that anyone caught would face significant consequences.
The governor further warned that the state government would no longer tolerate any compromise that jeopardises the lives of its residents.
Mohammed reassured locals that the government was determined to prosecute anyone involved in or funding illegal activity in the state.
“Some of the members of our traditional institutions are compromised, allowing strange people, people with criminal backgrounds just because of the small peanuts they will get,” Mohammed said.
“We will not spare anybody, even though I am a member of the traditional institution.”
“If anybody is found wanting, we will discipline him because we will not allow the traditional institutions to compromise and bring people that will make our lives and property compromised.”
“I also want to say to our people that we should always be together, we should eschew rumour mongering, hatred, treachery and mischief. I know some leaders of the state who are busy bringing criminals to the state. I will talk when the time comes but certainly, we are not afraid of them.”
“You’ve seen what is manifesting in Bauchi recently, criminality everywhere, kidnapping and stealing. We have a security board and we know those behind it.”
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