Bauchi State Police Command has debunked the presence of Boko Haram militants in the state assuring that everywhere is peaceful in the state.
In a press release signed by the PPRO, SP Wakili Ahmed, the Command refuted viral media publications making the rounds that Boko Haram fighter have infiltrated four local government areas of the state, quoting the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sabiu Baba, after an emergency Security Council meeting convened by the state Governor Bala Mohammad.
The statement read, “We, therefore, wish to correct that the erroneous narrative being peddled around is not a true account of what transpired at the Security Council meeting, neither is it the reality on the ground as being portrayed to reflect the position of the State Government.
“For the records, the Security Council Meeting was convened by the State Governor to discuss arising security concerns in order to forestall influx fleeing Gaidam and Kanam residents from Yobe State after the Boko Haram elements attacked the two towns.”
The statement added that “In a press briefing by the SSG, he made it clear that the meeting discussed proactive ways of ensuring that adequate security is emplaced to prevent the influx of criminal elements from neighbouring states to Bauchi State.
He added that the SSG referred to a noticeable influx of some suspicious visitors including some criminal elements found to have stolen telecommunication equipment five of whom were arrested and are under investigation.
Wakil said another case in point is the arrest of suspects, who stole Mikano generators from Geidam and were heading to Kano through Bauchi State.
“This occurred on 28/04/2021 at about 0300hrs when a distress call was received from Gashua Yobe state that a Generator Engine, Maikano So 13, was stolen loaded in a Tanker vehicle and headed to Gamawa-Kano road.
“On receipt of the report, The Policemen of Gamawa Division in collaboration with the military conducted a stop and search at the Gololo military checkpoint and the effort yielded positive result as the vehicle was intercepted with two stolen Engines 1, Maikano So 13 and 2, Jubail Bros P 20.
“Also, two Suspects Felix Chukwe ‘M’ and Chinedu Uche all of Imo State origin were arrested in connection to the crime. The suspects were arrested and the vehicle impounded, investigated and profiled.
After preliminary investigation, both the suspects and the exhibits were handed over to Yobe State Command.
For the sake of emphasis, Bauchi State has not been infiltrated by the so-called criminal elements,” the statement added.