Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Bandits relocating to North-East, governors raise alarm

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According to the North-East Governors’ Forum, the mass migration of bandits from the North-West region has made the relative peace in the region vulnerable.

 

The group stated this on Friday night in its nine-point communique read by Governor Mai Mala Buni, of Yobe State and signed by the Chairman of the North-East Forum, the Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

 

The forum stressed the need for a road map with the support of the Federal Government to dismantle the criminals.

 

According to the forum, there is a nexus between mining activities and insecurity, stressing the need for strict compliance with the Land Use Act.

 

The communique partly read, “The forum lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies for their effort in combating the Boko Haram insurgency. It noted the improvement in the security situation in the region which had largely been achieved through kinetic and non-kinetic measures.

 

“The forum noted the relative peace being experienced in the sub-region, especially the reduced incidences of farmer-herder clashes, as encouraging. However, there is increasing vulnerability of the region to insecurity due to the mass movement of the bandits who are gradually being pushed out of the North-West by the security forces.  With the influx of bandits, there is an urgent need to launch a coordinated security roadmap in conjunction with the security agencies and the Federal Government.

 

“The forum noted the link between mining activities and insecurity, especially the abuse of the mining leases.  It, therefore, resolved to ensure strict compliance with the provisions of the Land Use Act.”

 

The group also bemoaned the power distribution in the region estimated at five percent, adding that the Federal Government should expedite action towards harnessing the potential of the Mambila power project.

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