Boko Haram invades Bauchi communities, destroy telecommunications mast
Armed men suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have invaded communities in Bauchi state.
This was disclosed on Monday by the secretary to the Bauchi government, Sabiu Baba.
According to Baba, the state is concerned about the presence of insurgents in Zaki, Dambam, Darazo, and Gamawa LGAs.
The four LGAs share border with Geidam in neighbouring Yobe state, where insurgents recently launched attacks that left many people displaced.
Baba said the insurgents launched an attack on a telecommunications mast belonging to the Mobile TeleCommunication Network and carted away some of the properties.
“There was an emergency security council meeting of Bauchi state this afternoon, and the meeting was to look into the attack by Boko Haram in Geidam and the takeover of that town and the implications for Bauchi state,” he said.
“Bauchi state is sharing border with Yobe state in four local government areas of Zaki, Dambam, Darazo, and Gamawa.
“The implications of what has happened in Geidam is that there is a lot of influx of people moving into Bauchi state from Yobe.
“Of course, that will put a lot of strain on our facilities and resources, and considering the kind of movement out of Boko Haram activities, the security implications there are also very high.”
While noting that the meeting on Monday was to discuss the implications, identify the security threats and how to contain the insurgents from the Bauchi side, he added that the state does not expect the security agencies alone to tackle this problem.
“It will be expected that we will continue to profile whoever is coming into the state. I can tell you that some people coming into the state, come in with weapons and it is the profiling that will help us stem that kind of problem,” he said.
Before now, Bauchi has remained relatively peaceful.
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