From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The communities of Liman Katagum in Bauchi Local Government Area of Bauchi State under the auspices of Liman Katagum Forum has asked Bauchi State Government and security agencies to protect lives and properties of the community from incessant attacks by criminal and neighboring village.
A letter sent to the Bauchi State Governor which was distributed to newsmen in Bauchi over the weekend, tittled “Lackadaisical inefficient and in effective response of government and security agencies matters and breaches in Liman Katagum and surroundings” signed by Mahmud Ahmad and Sa’ad Abubakar Chairman and Secretary of the Forum the community asked government and security agencies to rise up to their functions and responsibilities as enshrined in section 14 sub section 1, sub section 2 (b) and section 17 sub section 2 (b) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Forum accused government security agencies of negligence on matters of security and security breaches in the area and its surroundings by not doing enough when such incidents happened in the community.
They alleged that throughout the year 2018 they recorded series or armed robbery which have become the order of the day on their route “there is a particular one that happened at Badagari village on Alhaji Damina in his house through the vigilantes suspects were rounded up and handed over to the police but were later released on bail, on august 24th 2018 armed robberies took place at two filling stations in Liman Katagum suspects were arrested by Police and are now roaming the streets as free citizens and on December 18th a driver and his mate were shot at close range and killed without their monies or properties being taken and no arrest has been made “
The forum told the Governor in their letter that there is a problem between the Liman Katagum and Zungur community on 30 October 2018 they recorded three separates attack in which one was killed and some youths burnt down farms on the boarder of the surroundings and no arrest has been made on all the three incidents, a prominent traditional ruler was verbally attacked and stones were thrown at him them and Police had to use teargas to disperse the youths on 31st October 2018.
They alleged that they reported to the Police on the series of attacked by neighboring youths mostly in the night in which two vigilantes were killed one was injured which led to Police and Vigilantes jointly patrolled the border between Liman Katagum and Zungur.
They said their community didn’t make attempt to retaliate because as law abiding citizens they don’t want to take laws in to their hands, and if security agencies and government failed to response they will be left with three options to turn to almighty God for Protections, to seek redress ant the National Human Rights Commission and to rise and defend themselves.