Directorate of State Security Service, DSS, has advised the Gombe State government to take more than casual interest in the activities of the Kalare (a group of political thugs).
The DSS said the group has become a serious menace to the people because of its religious intolerance, drug abuse, involvement in farmers/herdsmen clashes, cattle rustling, land/boundary disputes, burglaries and kidnappings, among others acts, adding that the group has gradually made the state a flashpoint.
The security operatives said Kalare has been identified as the major types and threats to security in the state.
This message is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a two-day Security Business Workshop organised by Gombe State command of the Department of State Service, DSS, in collaboration with the state government.
Participants also identified lack of street/road names and numberings as well as proliferation of uncompleted structures as major security issues just as the improper upbringing of children and negligence by parents also took the front burner as security challenges.
Accordingly, participants called for need to gear up community policing and for security agents to respect human right, while advocating statutory functions/roles for traditional rulers.
Participants also recommend the need for to review criminal justice system so that every offence carried corresponding weight of punishment.
It is believed that training and retaining of security personnel to met international standard and continued synergy among the security agencies would enhance general security.
Gombe State Deputy Governor, Hon. Charles Iliya declared the workshop open on behalf of Governor Dankwambo, who described terrorism as a blood-sucking hydra-headed monster, which could only be tamed through collective efforts of all.
The State Director of Security, Gombe State Command, Reuben Sina Amao, also appreciated the stakeholders for participating and pledged his Command’s readiness to collaborate with other stakeholders in the business of maintaining peace.
Over 700 people made up of heads of security agencies in Gombe state, state Heads of government agencies, state legislators, traditional rulers and representatives of various organisations attended the workshop on each day of the two-day meeting.

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