Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed has condemned the state’s recent rash of kidnappings.
He requested that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Special Operation Command increase its surveillance in the four affected LGAs.
The Governor highlighted Toro, Ningi, Alkaleri, and Tafawa-Balewa LGAs as flashpoints.
The Gist House reports that kidnappings have been ongoing in several sections of the state, primarily targeting peasant farmers, who are now terrified to go to their farms.
On Thursday, Air Vice Marshal E. E Effiong, the Officer Commanding Special Operations Command NAF, Bauchi, paid him a courtesy call at the Bauchi Government House.
He expressed confidence that the Special Operations, in concert with other security agencies, would put an end to bandits’ incursions in the state.
“By virtue of their operations in some parts of the country, we have been almost overwhelmed by the preponderance of insecurity elements here and there.”
“Because Bauchi State is the gateway to seven states and all of the northern regions, we always have all these runaways coming here,” the Governor explained.
He emphasized his commitment to ensuring that the State’s security services have all the resources they need to complete the work at hand.
“What the NAF is doing is extremely beneficial to us as an agrarian state with subsistence farming.”
“If we don’t farm, we don’t have a source of income, so we must make the farms and roads secure,” he explained.
Earlier, AVM E.E Effion assured the Governor of the NAF’s assistance and contributions to the State’s and Nigeria’s growth and development.
He praised the State government’s contributions to the protection of its residents and urged citizens to continue to offer them their full support.