- Traditional leaders in Bauchi state are said to have been working with criminals to maim community residents and destroy property in the communities
- The allegation against the traditional leaders was made by the governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed on Monday, October 18
- Mohammed said the collaboration between the traditional leaders and the criminals is a huge challenge for the state government in carrying out its duties
The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed on Tuesday, October 19, alleged that monarchs in the state connive with criminals to perpetuate various levels of crime in the state.
Daily Trust reports that Governor Mohammed said the criminals work with traditional leaders and some security operatives alike to unleash all sorts of mayhem on resident of communities in Bauchi.
Speaking at the state's cabinet meeting which took place in Bauchi's capital city, Mohammed said the activities of these individuals have made governance difficult for his administration.
Also commending commissioners and aides in his cabinet, the governor said there is need for partnership with local government chairmen in Bauchi to improve security of the state.
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Further describing Bauchi state as one of most peaceful states in the northeast, the governor said the peace usually enjoyed in the state has been lost.
“We are having sleepless nights to keep the state peaceful and fight the criminals.”
“You are my representatives in your own right; we will have to change our style. These people are coming and they are conniving with our traditional institutions and even bad eggs within the security agencies, but we are doing very well,” Mohammed told the commissioners."
The governor said all hands must be on deck to ensure that the lives and property of the people of Bauchi state are secured.
The governor said many of his friends and associates have often described him as a potential aspirant for the presidential election in 2023.
He, however, said that he is not so desperate to contest for presidency in the country.
Also, the governor had also said that he may not live long enough to complete his second tenure.
While berating action by some politicians in the country, the governor said he want to make this clear due to his belief that his life is in God's hands.