From HAFSAT ADEBAYO, Bauchi
THE Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 12 in charge of Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin has commended the success recorded by the Nigeria police to stamp out insurgency by December given by President Muhammadu Buhari.
AIG Ogunsakin, who was recently posted to the state, noted that the end of insurgency was getting very close in the country, saying that all hands must be on deck to make the mission a reality.
He said this during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Suleiman Adamu at his palace in Bauchi.
“We are happy that the end of insurgency in the country, particularly the north-east region is very close and the terrorists are presently on the run. At this time that we are facing insecurity challenges in the country, I believe that traditional rulers have a vital role to play, particularly in giving advice to the police on how to sustain peace in their domain”.
Ogunsakin further maintained that the security situation in Bauchi was not as bad compared to other neighbouring states. He commended the traditional leaders for their efforts in maintaining peace in the state.
In his reaction, the Emir Adamu lauded the efforts of the federal government and security agencies for their effort to bringing about peace and at the verge of ending insurgency in the country.
In another development, the newly posted Commander of the 33 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abraham Luka Dusu has called on journalists in the country to be patriotic in their reportage and project the good image of the country especially on the current insurgency rather than exaggerating the problem which he said “besmirches the reputation of Nigeria in the comity of nations.”
While responding to the Executives of the Bauchi state Correspondents’ chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the ‘Shadawanka’ Army barracks Bauchi, Dusu added that the recent claim by Army Chief that the press was glorifying the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram terrorists in their reportage rather than the efforts of the security agencies to counter terrorism lowers morale of troops especially as the military have degraded the terrorist.
While pledging the Brigade’s support to the fourth estate of the realm, he cautioned them to verify their facts before going to press just as he assured that the brigade will be ever ready to release information to them whenever needed.
The Chairman of the Bauchi state Correspondents’ chapel, Alhaji Aliyu Jibo sought for synergy between his members and the army. Similar visit was paid to the Assistant Inspector General in charge of Zone 12, Mr Tunde Johnson Ogunsakin.