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Newly posted Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone 12, Alhaji Jibrin O. Yakubu, says joint operations of security agents comprising army, police and the Department of State Service have successfully destroyed dens of insurgents and miscreants fleeing attacks in Sambisa forest and other military operations from Kano, Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara States forest who are seeking safe haven in Bauchi forests.
This was disclosed by the AIG Jibrin O. Yakubu, while paying a courtesy call on Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State yesterday, saying the major security challenge of the state is that of arresting the fleeing insurgents and miscreants like cattle rustlers and robbers who are regrouping in Bauchi forests, but expressed happiness that with logistics supports from the governor, such dens of suspected insurgents and criminals have been destroyed.
He noted that the zone is the most plagued with insecurity in the nation, but was glad that security is being restored, adding that no development will be attained without adequate security.
“Security is necessary for any meaningful development to be attained. I am aware of the efforts of the Governor in attracting foreign investors to the state, but prospective investors can only invest in areas where they are sure of adequate security of their lives, property and businesses”, the AIG said.
He pledged the support of the zone 12 of the police to providing and promoting security, which he said the Governor pays special attention to.
The AIG assured that security of lives and property will remain the priority of all the commands in zone 12 of the police force.
Responding, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar stated that since assuming office, his administration has put security on top of its agenda because of the proximity of Bauchi State to the theatre of insurgency, but expressed happiness that Bauchi has remained the safest in the northeast zone, halting the incursion of the insurgents and commended police and other security agencies for their contributions in attaining that feat.
He said with the logistics support his administration provided to the police and other security agencies, government expects the new police boss to improve on the performance of his predecessor.
The governor regretted that some suspected insurgents are being released by courts, and urged the AIG to use his membership of the administration of justice committee and work with other members as a team to ensure that all the suspected insurgents and criminals arrested in Bauchi State face full wrath of the law, assuring that under his watch nobody will be above the law.
The governor lamented that with the said release of the suspects arrested, security agents, vigilantes and other well meaning people who put their lives on the line to apprehend the suspects in their hideouts are being demoralised, pointing out that “it makes no sense for arrests of suspected insurgents and other criminals to be made only for them to be released.”
Governor Abubakar warned the administration of justice committee to ensure that every institution plays their role, assuring that government will make the work of police and all other security agencies easier by providing all logistics support they needed.

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