The Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, on Friday, called on security agencies working in the state to intensify security surveillance in flashpoint areas.
The governor made the call when the Air Officer Commanding Bauchi State Special Operations Command of the Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice-Marshal Charles Ohwo, visited him at the Government House in Bauchi on issue of an ongoing construction of NAF Aircraft Maintenance Hangar at Sir Tafawa Balewa International Airport.
A statement signed by Muktar Gidado, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to the governor and made available to DAILY POST, stated that Governor Mohammed, who expressed regret over the killing of a serving member of the state House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Mante Baraza, by unknown gunmen, said his administration is ready to support security forces to curtail criminal activities across the state.
Kauran Bauchi, as the governor is fondly called, assured his visitor that state government will review its security surveillance and mechanisms in a bid to find lasting solutions to killings of innocent people by gunmen or bandits.
This, according to him, this is with a view to supporting security agencies operating in the state.
“My administration is ready to work with not only the Nigeria Air Force but also all the security forces to ensure Bauchi is secured and safe,” he assured.
While commiserating with the family of the late lawmaker, the governor stated that his administration is aware of security challenges in Toro, Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Futuk and assured that the administration will address the issue.
“I wish to join in commiserating with the family of our late lawmaker, Honourable Mante, who died in the hands of hoodlums and shameless people who engaged in violence and terrorism.
“I am aware that we have some security challenges in Toro, Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Futuk and in some other places, but we will review our strategies to address the issues,” he said.
Governor Mohammed revealed that at the inception of his administration, the state government took a lot of measures in collaboration with security forces to secure all the entry points of the state.
While reiterating Mohammed his belief that tackling security challenges required community-based efforts, the governor emphasized the need for all hands to be on deck in order to succeed.
He said it is the responsibility of government to ensure safety of people of the state.
“We are cautious about our responsibility as government, we must ensure the safety of our people in both rural and urban areas,” he said.
On his part, Air Vice Marshal Ohwo said his visit is to intimate the governor on some of NAF’s new plans beneficial to the state.
He reassured the governor of the commitment of the Special Operations Command to support the state government alongside other security agencies in order to bring an end to all forms of criminality in the state.