The governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, has urged the villagers that surround the Duguri District of the Alkaleri Local Government Area in Bauchi state to get up, equip themselves, and fight against robbers.
Bandits have so far killed 20 people and wounded several others in villages in the area. Bauchi State Police Command in collaboration with local vigilance group recently stormed the forest in the area killing 12 suspected bandits including one of the kingpins that had terrorized the area.
Mohammed added, “You are known to be men; you should not allow these wicked elements to dominate you. Protect your territory, and liberate yourselves.” The governor, who described the situation as an unfortunate and unacceptable trend, said it must be stopped at all cost.
The governor complained that the banditry in the area is getting out of hand since the locals can no longer engage in farming, which is their primary source of income. In addition to ordering security agencies to shoot “bandits and criminals who come to terrorize and kill our people,” the governor urged the populace to search within themselves and identify any bad apples who may be acting as informants for the bandits, emphasizing that the bandits cannot operate without inside information.
The governor assured that his administration will continue to work assiduously in collaboration with the security agencies operating in the state to protect lives and properties of innocent citizens.
At Kafin Duguri, the Governor commended the people for standing to defend themselves from the attacks of the bandits by wading them when they attempted to invade the village.
According to him,”that is the way it should be; we should defend ourselves from any form of banditry and criminal activities. What you did was the right thing and you should continue to do that even to your neighbours.” He, however, expressed optimism that very shortly banditry will come to an end in area as “my administration will support you with logistics, equip you and arm you to be able to fight and repel the attackers.”
The governor declared that, “from now on, anyone who comes to attack you to kill you, defend yourselves, attack and kill him, they can’t stop us from living in peace. All these communities have been existing over 500 years; we will not allow these Zamfarawa (bandits) to chase us away from our ancestral land.”
He then gave the populace assurances that a security outpost will soon be stationed nearby to work with the residents to improve security, as well as a pledge to fully recompense the families of those killed by the bandits’ attack. The governor praised the district chief for doing his best to keep the community together despite the bandits’ actions and urged him not to give up since the government would always support him.
Alhaji Adamu Mohammed Duguri, the district head of Yelwa Duguri, bemoaned the bandits’ recent attacks on local communities, which resulted in the deaths of individuals, destruction of their homes, and cattle rustling. He singled out Rimi village as being particularly hard struck, as 20 people died during the attacks while their attempt to invade Kafin Duguri was repulsed by the inhabitants who rose to protect their hamlet.