Residents of Birshin Fulani, a hamlet on the outskirts of Bauchi on the Bauchi-Dass road, were guaranteed of appropriate security of their lives and property by the Bauchi State Police Command on Monday, in order to maintain calm in the community.
In recent months, the hamlet has been targeted by kidnappers who have been abducting members. Two people were kidnapped recently, one of which was a senior staff member of the Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi, Engineer Mohammed Garbage Abubakar.
Mrs Ruqayya Odedoyin, a mother of three, was taken from her home in the early hours of Friday last week, while her children were locked up in the house.
The community’s recent instability prompted several inhabitants, mainly the youth, to block the Bauchi-Dass route for several hours on Friday to protest the community’s rampant kidnapping.
In an interview speaking on the deteriorating security situation in the village, Mohammed Ahmed Wakil, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), claimed that the police were doing everything possible to guarantee that the residents slept with their eyes closed.
According to Wakil, a Superintendent of Police (SP), there is currently strict security at Birshin Fulani, with police officers stationed in every nook and cranny of the hamlet.
He revealed that police officers in the region were given vehicles to help them carry out their duties of protecting people and property.
“That is why they (police operatives) are given vehicles so that they can get into nooks and crannies.” And, if you look closely, the kidnappers’ method of operation is the usage of motorcycles. Wakil explained that motorcyclists have access to regions that vehicles do not.
While emphasizing that no one should politicize the situation in the community, the police spokesman stated that officers have been responding to people’s distress calls, and that the current scenario did not necessitate the playing of blame games.
” It is untrue to claim that there is no security present or that security has failed to respond to their distress calls. He submitted, “They replied to their distress calls.”
The PPRO, on the other hand, urged members of the public to always provide the police with relevant and understandable information that they can act on.
“The people should be appreciative of the police’s efforts. They should provide the authorities with credible and intelligence information in order to reduce the threat,” he stated.
Speaking about Mrs Adedoyin’s kidnapping, SP Wakil stated that the issues surrounding her adoption were still quite hazy, adding that the police were striving to resolve them.