Boko Haram: Security On High Alert In Bauchi

Security agencies in Bauchi state are on high
alert following intelligence reports of possible attack of the Boko
Haram sect in the state.

File photo of Boko Haram members

According to the reports, the terrorists are planning to strike
Bauchi, having been pushed from their base in Sambisa forest by the
Nigerian army.

Daily Sun reports that findings of intelligence gathering were
disclosed during a two-day workshop on the Roles of Private Guards in
Curbing Insurgency in Bauchi State organized by the state command of the
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in collaboration with
the state government.

The people of Bauchi state were warned that the insurgents plan to
infiltrate the state using the private guards disguised as fruits
sellers; therefore, the workshop is to sensitise the private guards.

In his speech, Donatus Ikemefuna, the state commandant of the NSCDC,
called on Nigerians to cooperate with security agencies to fight
insurgency not only in the country but globally.

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“As the nation is at the verge of routing out the insurgents in
the North East, no stone must be left unturned to make sure ugly
developments do not resurface.

“Our resolve to work together particularly in the areas of
operation and intelligence-sharing will continue to form impenetrable
wall against vices.

“Nigerians must support the government at this critical period by
cooperating with security agencies in maintaining law and order,”
he said.

On Tuesday, January 19, Ali Ndume, the Senate leader and members of
the Senate North-East caucus met with the service chiefs in Abuja to
address the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their
local government areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

Addressing the service chiefs, Ndume stressed that the meeting was
necessary following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to take
steps to relocate IDPs to their local government areas.

The Senate leader noted that the plan to relocate the IDPs was
informed by the relative peace prevailing in Borno and Adamawa states.

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In his remark, the NSCDC state commandant said:

“On our part, officers and men of this corps will continue to be
partner in progress with the government at all levels to ensure the
citizens and residents in Nigeria as well as property are well
protected.

“We are determined more than ever before to carry all the stakeholders along in this onerous task of having safer Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, the secretary to the Bauchi state government who was
represented by Alhaji Hashimu Abubakar stressed that security was one of
the top priorities of Governor Mohammed Abubakar and his
administration.

Calling for the support of all citizens in addressing the problem of
insurgency, he noted that security was a collective responsibility of
every person, not only security agencies.

Abubakar added that the state government recognised the importance of
private guards in assisting addressing the problem of insurgency;
therefore, it would continue to cooperate with the NSCDC in order to
support the private guards to be more efficient.

The Defence Headquarters had earlier warned Nigerians that , which they hawk in carts and wheelbarrows in markets and crowded places in the northeast.

Meanwhile, on the military base in Yobe state.

According to the report, the militants attacked the army base in
Goniri town in Gujba local government area but were repelled by soldiers
who engaged them in a gun duel.

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