Gov to Residents; Riseup, pickup arms to defend yourselves as gunmen kill 20 persons
Bandits have again invaded villages surrounding Duguri District of Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State, killing no fewer than 20 people.
It was reported that several people sustained injuries while many villagers deserted their communities in order to save their lives.
Governor Bala Mohammed who paid a sympathy visit to the affected communities on Thursday, described the situation as unfortunate and unacceptable.
Speaking at the Palace of the District Head of Yelwan Duguri, Alh Adamu Mohammed Duguri, the Governor lamented that the activities of bandits in the area was getting out of hands as the people can no longer engage in farming which is their mainstay.
Mohammed charged the residents of the area to enhance forth “rise up, take up arms and defend yourselves. You are known to be men, you should not allow these bad elements subdue you, defend your land and liberate yourselves.”
He also charged the people to search themselves and bring out the bad eggs amongst them who are serving as informant to the bandits stressing that without inside information, the bandits cannot operate.
The Governor assured that his administration will continue to work assiduously in collaboration with the security agencies operating in the state to protect lives and properties of innocent citizens.
At Kafin Duguri, he commended the people for standing to defend themselves from the attacks of the bandits by wading them when they attempted to invade the village.
The Governor told them to take up arms against the bandits and kill them if they try to attack saying, “I know you people to be warriors including your women, rise up, defend your people and the neighborhood from the activities of the bandits.
According to him, “that is the way it should be, we should defend ourselves from any form of banditry and criminal activities. What you did was the right thing and you should continue to do that even to your neighbours.”
He however expressed optimism that very shortly banditry will come to an end in area as “my administration will support you with logistics, equip you and arm you to be able to fight and repel the attackers.”
The Governor declared that, “From now on, anyone who comes to attack you to kill you, defend yourselves, attack and kill him, they can’t stop us from living in peace. All these communities have been existing over 500 years, we will not allow these Zamfarawa (bandits) to chase us away from our ancestral land.”
He then assured that very soon a security outpost will be stationed in the area to collaborate with the locals to beef up security in the area just as he promised adequately compensate the families that lost their loved ones to the attack of the bandits.
The Governor commended the District Head for trying his best to keep the people together in spite of the activities of the bandits urging him not to relent as government will always support his efforts.
In his remarks, the District Head of Yelwa Duguri, Alh Adamu Mohammed Duguri lamented that the bandits had in recent times attacked communities in the area killing people, destroying their houses and rustled their cattle.
The District Head specifically mentioned Rimi village as the worst hit as 20 people were killed during the attacks while their attempt to attack Kafin Duguri failed as the villagers rose to defend their village.
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