The Bauchi State chapters of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have called on security agents in the remaining northern states, where there was no state of emergency to increase its security surveillance in order to forestall any breakdown of law and order that may erupt as result of migrants from Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
The state Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bappa Taffida, who spoke in an interview with journalists yesterday, said the declaration of state of emergency often triggers movement of people from the affected states to other neighbouring states, hence the need for security to be beefed up in such states.
The party expressed concern over the state of insecurity in northern states like Bauchi, Kano, Taraba, Plateau and Niger, saying the aforementioned states share boundaries with the affected states.
According to him, “with the declaration of state of emergency in these three northern states, I would advise that the security agents to increase its security surveillance because some of these terrorist groups may start feeling uncomfortable and may migrate to neighbouring states, where they could be free.
“Everybody has a stake as far as security is concerned, so even the civilians at this time are supposed to become vigilant and report any suspicious characters to security agents. If we relax and think it is only the job of the security agents, am afraid we may be in for a shock because these people will commit crime anywhere they find themselves.”
He lamented the non-challant attitude of most Nigerians towards security, saying it had contributed to the massive destruction of lives and property in the north.
Bappa said: “It is very unfortunate that we live in a country that people don’t care about what is happening around them. They notice something unusual or strange in their communities, they don’t care .Everybody will pretend as if he is not aware and when there is an attack, they begin to complain and wail, but they could have saved the situation, if they played their part by giving information to the security agents close to them.”
Meanwhile, the state Secretary of CAN, Rev. Joshua Rai Mains, who fielded questions from journalists, called on the state government to provide adequate security for its citizens, following the declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.
Mains stressed that security surveillance should be intensified because of some migrants coming from the affected states, stating that: “I think for now with the declaration of state of emergency in these three states, Bauchi State may not experience any problems because these miscreants know that if they make trouble, Bauchi may be affected with the same state of emergency. For now, they will take a break, until things normalise in those states.”