By Isiyaka Ismail Wunti
Bauchi State Government is to engage more than two thousand youth as volunteer security operatives as part of an effort to addressing security challenges in some parts of the state.
This followed the report of activities of bandits and kidnappers in some communities across three local government areas of Alkaleri, Toro and Tafawa Balewa where a number of people were killed and dozens displaced.
The State Governor Bala Mohammed made this known when he visited communities attacked by unknown bandits at Duguri, Garin Sambo and Mansur in Alkaleri Local Government Area.
The suspected bandits were said to have attacked the agrarian communities and killed at least two people.
Reacting to the incidents at Duguri town of Alkaleri local government, Governor Bala Mohammed said when recruited, the youth will be assisting the conventional security personnel in identifying perpetrators of all forms of criminality.
According to him, limited number of the available security personnel in the state may not guarantee adequate protection of citizens including those in the rural areas hance the move to support them with vigilantes.
Bala Mohammed who expressed worry over a report of some members of the communities supplying food and logistics to the bandits in their hideout warns that government will deal with anyone found guilty.
The State Commissioner of Police Umar Sanda said efforts are being made to apprehend the culprit with a view to prosecuting them.
He called on public to provide the police with information that would lead to arrest of criminals.