Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, on Saturday, tasked security agencies to evolve proactive security strategy to protect rural communities against the activities of bandits and kidnappers in the state.
The Governor gave the charge during a condolence visit to Sabon Gari Narabi community in Toro Local Government Area of the state where a five-year-old girl, Khadija Abdullahi was allegedly kidnapped and murdered by her neighbour.
He urged the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Umar Sanda to reshuffle Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the 20 local government areas for more effective response to issues of banditry and kidnapping.
Mohammed, who lauded the police and other security operatives for their dedication to duties, stressed the need for concerted effort in deployment of more personnel to areas considered to be the hideout of criminals.
He said the government was concerned about the safety of the citizens by providing all the needed support to secure towns and villages.
“We are here to also commiserate with the people of Toro over incessant activities of bandits where about eight incidents happened in Narabi community. It is becoming unacceptable.
“The person who perpetrated this mayhem has been arrested and he is facing the law. We are going to follow the case with keen interest.
“Our community leaders should be more vigilant because compromises are everywhere. We have people coming into Toro and Alkaleri because of the size of the LGAs and the terrains.
“We are going to make sure we put our eyes and legs on the ground. We are going to listen and our contacts are with you, so please, collaborate with us.
“Nobody will give you security unless you give yourselves. You should be bold and not be afraid.
“We are not a set of cowards. As the Kauran Bauchi, as the Commander of the chivalry in all the emirates, I am ready to lead you.
“So please, whatever you have in store, bring it out. We have to face these hoodlums, criminals and charlatans and we have to deal with them,” he said.
On his part, Sanda confirmed the arrest of some of the perpetrators including the alleged murderer of the girl, Khadija Abdullahi.
He said the police were working round the clock to protect lives and property, and urged the people to provide them with credible information that would lead to arrest and prosecution of criminals in the state.