Bauchi Govt Cries Out Over Influx Of Displaced Persons From Neighbouring Yobe

…5 Arrested For Vandalising MTN Mast

Segun Babatunde in Bauchi

Bauchi State Government has expressed worry over the influx of displaced persons from neighboring Yobe state who have infiltrated four local governments of Dambam,Gamawa,Darazo and Zaki areas of the state.

The government also disclosed that five of the bandits who reportedly scuttled MTN mast in Gamawa local government area in their bid to facilitate their nefarious activities were arrested.

Our Correspondent reports that the gateway Local Government Areas are Gamawa, Dambam, Darazo and Zaki which are sharing boundaries with Yobe state and close to the seized Geidam by Boko Haram militants.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSGl, Mohammed Sabiu Baba while addressing Journalists after an emergency security council meeting at the Government House on Monday said that, “following the overrunning of Geidam in Yobe state by the Boko Haram militants, there has been influx of people into the state through 4 LGAs in the Northern part of the Bauchi State”.

The SSG alongside other heads of security agencies declared that, “this influx of the displaced people has put the state under security threat, our facilities are now overstretched and we are not comfortable with the development”.

He however said that security strategies have been developed to ensure that the threat did not turn into attack in the state saying that, “profiling of all the people coming into Bauchi State particularly in the four affected LGAs will be done in order to discovered those with dangerous weapons and demonize them”.

The SSG however assured that the state government will ensure that the joint operations of the security agencies will be intensify particularly air surveillance around the affected LGAs.

While fielding questions from Journalists, the SSG said, “Some persons have been arrested for vandalizing the mtn installation in Gamawa LGA with the intention of blocking communication in the area in preparation for attack”.

He further said that for now, the people are not camped in a particular area but moving around the 4 LGAs and are harbored by residents of the communities saying that security agencies will go round to fish them out.

As for those that are displaced persons, he assured that government officials will identify them in order to provide relief materials for their well-being because according to him, government will not just watch them suffer. END

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