Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has underscored the need for communities to do more to assist security agencies following the recent deadly bandits’ attacks in parts of his state.
He spoke while fielding questions from State House reporters after separate meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on the attack.
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The governor, who said communities should realize that security personnel are also human beings who require support especially by way of information, stressed his efforts at forestalling further attacks.
He said: “Yes, we urge vigilance and support for security agencies. Security agencies are doing a great job but they are also human beings. They need a lot of support.
“They need a lot of community support for information. They need a lot of community support for understanding because sometimes, we are all in a hurry when we are facing challenges.
“But the security agencies also have modus operandi.
“Sometimes, they get risk reports in places that 500 people are coming to attack and maybe the local DPO (Divisional Police Officer) can only mobilise 20 people. Already, that confronts him with a challenge.
“So, they need truthful information. They need synergy with vigilante groups and community groups so that they can continue to respond more appropriately. And sometimes they need support with logistics.
“Communities hardly reflect on all the logistic needs of security agencies. The government will never be able to provide enough.
“Much is being done. But it will never be enough for communities. And I’m sure in all communities, there are people who can support the police.”
On the meeting with the president, Governor Bagudu said: “I met with Mr. President to brief him, among others, on some security issues related to my state, because about two weeks ago, there was a boat incident that claimed a number of lives.
“Mr. President promptly issued a statement and sent condolence messages and support. And I appreciated him on behalf of the people of Kebbi State.
“Also, just last week, there was an unfortunate attack by bandits from neighbouring states that killed a number of people in Kebbi State. I briefed Mr President on the incident and on my visit there and to also appreciate him for promptly directing security agencies to investigate and support us more in dealing with the situation.”
The governor, who said his meeting with the chief of staff focused on food security, regretted that exchange rate has complicated the federal government’s fertilizer initiative.
He however said that President Buhari has directed that a way be found to make fertiliser available to farmers.