Stakeholders express concern over new security threats in North-East
Stakeholders at the opening of the 12th North-East Zonal Conference of State Directors of Security have expressed grave concern over emerging security threats and criminalities capable of igniting Boko Haram-style crisis across the region.
The three-day conference, holding at the Borno State Command of the Department of State Services, began on Monday, August 21.
The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Kanemi, who spoke first over the emerging criminalities and security threats in some communities in Borno State, recalled that such threats gave birth to the Boko Haram crisis because they were neglected.
“Security chiefs should, therefore, identify and nip in the bud all such criminalities and security threats to avoid a recurrence of Boko Haram,” the monarch, represented by one of his title holders, Alhaji Hassan Boguma, the Zanna Boguma of Borno, charged.
“Criminalities by the traumatised youth population are emerging from the rubbles of the Boko Haram insurgency,” the Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Lawal Yusuf, observed.
Citing the example of a growing group of miscreants called Malians, unleashing terror in the Maiduguri metropolis, the CP called for strengthened synergy and cooperation among all security agencies across the region to identify and nip in the bud all such criminalities.
The Commander of the 7 Division Garrison, Brig. Gen. Timothy Opurum, expressed reservations on the ongoing repentance and surrender of Boko Haram insurgents.
“They (repentant insurgents) surrender and lay down their arms, but who knows if they are up to some pranks?” he queried, suggesting, “so the post-insurgency period should even be more important to us the security agencies in terms of intelligence gathering and sharing to nip all threats in the bud.”
Declaring open the conference, Governor Babagana Zulum, represented by the Borno State Commissioner of Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, concurred with all earlier speakers, expressing grief that new crimes and criminalities are emerging from the rubbles of Boko Haram.