According to the Bauchi State Government, Boko Haram fighters have infiltrated four local government areas in the state, which share a border with Geidam, Yobe State, which was recently targeted and taken over by the insurgents.
Sabiu Baba, Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, made the announcement at a press conference following an emergency security council meeting at the Government House in Bauchi on Monday, which was presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed. The four local governments are Zaki, Dambam, Darazo, and Gamawa, according to Saidu. He said that members of the sect attacked a Mobile TeleCommunication Network communication mast and carted away some of its assets.
“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 (Yobe State) and the take over of that town and the implications for Bauchi State.
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.
The meeting today was to discuss the implications of that, identify the security threats and how to contain them from the Bauchi side.”
Security is the collective duty of all and we do not expect the security agencies alone to tackle this problem, so all hands must be on deck including traditional and religious leaders and all groups.
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.”