A high powered federal government delegation of security Chiefs led by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu, have held a high profile town hall meeting with Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Bagudu, and other critical stakeholders in Zuru, Kebbi State North West Nigeria.
The IGP, said that the meeting was convened on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with stakeholders in Zuru Emirate so as to find a lasting peace in the state.
“The President is deeply concerned with the raging security challenges across Nigeria and totally committed to urgently redressing the ugly trend.
“It is because of the seriousness of seeing Nigerians living peacefully as well as the rising security challenges that he directed the conduct of this town hall meeting.
“This is also sequel to the emerging trend in Zuru, hence this meeting, to bring lasting peace,” the IGP said.
The IGP also said that the recurring security challenges in the North East, North West and North Central were banditry and insurgency and pledged that they would soon be history.
He noted that the concept of community policing was conceived to involve communities in the act of ensuring peace in the country.
‘Yan Sa Kai’
The IGP however lamented that the ‘Yan Sa kai’ vigilante group set up by communities not only in Kebbi, but in other states like Zamfara and Katsina tend to fuel insecurity, because of the manner they were set up without proper control and command structure.
The IGP advised the Zuru Emirate to set up a community security advisory committee to scrutinise the ‘Yan Sa kai’ and incorporate them into the Community Policing system after being trained by the government.
Mr Adamu explained that the Zuru meeting would be followed up by another one in Abuja, to further brainstorm on the plausible ways forward and to come up with a road map for achieving peace with all the stakeholders involved.
“It is after the follow up meeting in Abuja that we will make our report to the President for immediate actions.
“I must commend Governor Bagudu and all the critical stakeholders for their unwavering support and commitment,” Mr Adamu added.
Protection of lives and property
In his remarks, the Kebbi State Governor lauded the President for his relentless efforts to ensure the protection of the lives and property of Nigerians, irrespective of any political, religious or ethnic affiliations.
Governor Bagudu further explained that Zuru Emirate and Kebbi State were renowned for unequalled tolerance, peaceful coexistence and love for one another.
The Governor noted that, there is no local government, out of the twenty one local governments in the state where farmers were not currently going to their farms, sequel to the prevailing peace and unity across the state.
He extolled the diligence and commitment of the various security agencies in the country, inspite of some formidable challenges.
“We are therefore highly proud of the good job they are doing and we will continue to support them, in every way possible.
“Kebbi State is not partisan and we will not be partisan. We will continue to be fair, just and equal. We will make sure that, criminals are kept in the prisons.
“We will identify and punish criminals and we will never deviate from the path of glory our state was known for” Governor Bagudu said.
Governor Bagudu sternly frowned at extra-judicial killings, decrying, “Extrajudicial killing is wrong and can only invite more problem. What solves problem is when people agree to live and work together to solve their problem.”
The Governor warned that banditry and insecurity were capable of scuttling economic and other opportunities that thrive in the state.
“Nobody should be a bandit, we have economic opportunities and all those who engage in banditry are threatening our progress.
“President Buhari in his gracious wisdom signed a law which saw the creation of a Federal University of Agriculture in Zuru. Banditry can threaten the take off and proper functioning of the university.
“President Buhari signed a presidential artisanal gold mining initiative of which the pilot states were Kebbi and Osun, the two leading producing areas in Kebbi are Fakai and Ngaski.
“A futuristic effort is taking place between Kebbi and NNPC in the production of biofuel Program that will be producing ethanol fuel” he said.
Also in his remarks, the Emir of Zuru, Major General (rtd) Sani Sami, thanked the governor and IGP for their efforts in convening the peace and security meeting in Zuru.
He said that his Emirate had been known for its peaceful coexistence and tolerance until in recent time when insecurity crept in the area.
The Emir urged all parties to come together and embrace peace, just as he recommended a truce and reconciliation peace committee, opining, “Blame game is not the answer, all must come together for peace.”
Also speaking, the Director General Department of Security Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, appealed to the people of Zuru Emirate to remain peaceful and united as they were known for, adding that ”Zuru people are peace loving and accommodating people and are determined to achieve result.”
The Director urged them to continue to cooperate with various security agencies, to find a lasting peace.
The high powered federal government security delegation led by Inspector General of Police include Director General (DSS) Yusuf Magaji Bichi, Chief Defence Intelligence (CDI), representative of National Defense Agency (NIA), AIG Lamorde and AIG Bala Sanchi among others.
Source: Voice of Nigeria