The Bauchi State Police Command has advised farmers in the state to harvest their farm produce in order to allow herders to graze freely and avoid clashes.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, stated this on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad, on Saturday, September 16, 2023.
The PPRO also warned all herders to desist from trespassing into farmer’s crops before they harvest them.
“Bauchi State Police Command wishes to notify the public of the proactive security measures which everyone is required to be acquainted with and adhere to in order to enhance general safety and security in the state,” the statement read.
“On this note, the proactive measures came up following a credible Intelligence and analysis of security threats identified by the Command. The Command has identified the following vices as potential security threats for the Ember-months season.
They are: Herders’/farmers Feud and Communal clashes, Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Abduction, Road Traffic Accidents, Stealing of Farm produce and Mischief, Youths’ Restiveness (Thuggery), amongst others
“Herders’/farmers and Communal clashes: To avoid herders-farmers and communal clashes, the Command wishes to call on the respective organs to refrain from acts of mischief or any acts that could lead to the breakdown of law and order and Public peace. However, farmers are advised to evacuate their farm produce in good time before herders start grazing freely and it degenerates into the aforementioned. All herders are unequivocally warned to desist from trespassing into farmer’s crops before they harvest them.
“Armed Robbery: This Crime case is mostly a trend during ember months. Consequently, the Command’s crime analysis advises travellers to shun the act of night-time journeys or travelling during the wee hours of the day. They are further advised to look for the nearest convenient places to sleep and proceed with their journeys when the day breaks for their safety.
“Kidnapping and Abduction: This menace was almost rampant during the last ember months of the year 2022. In the year 2023, the Command has grounded a strategic map-out of the kidnapper’s enclaves and introduced modern security tactics and more sophisticated approaches in order to strengthen the operational bodies for serious battles against these crimes and others in the State.
“Night-time Travelling and Over-Speeding: Due to the increased number of road accidents resulting from night-time travelling and over-speeding, the Command advises all travellers particularly drivers to shun the act of speeding especially during the wee hours to avert occurrences of avoidable road accidents which might result in loss of lives or fatalities and properties.
“Stealing of farm produce/Mischief: Farmers are advised to be familiar with their farm terrains and farm neighbours or farm owners around them. They are enjoined to be very vigilant with their farm produce and evacuate them when they are due for harvest timeously to avoid either being stolen, unlawful grazing by herders or destruction by night fire.
“Youths Restiveness and Thuggery (Yan-Sara-Suka): Citizens are advised to be very vigilant with their belongings in every circumstance and avoid being indolent. They are also enjoined to advise youths around them to shun any unruly behaviour which will jeopardise the peaceful atmosphere of the State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Police Command, CP Auwal Musa Muhammad psc, reiterates that the Command’s commitment and relentless efforts toward ensuring a crime-free society in our beloved state will never be halted. Consequently, the CP re-emphasises that community engagement in crime prevention, management and control is very crucial in attaining the desired goals and our primary mandate, which is the protection of lives and property amongst others. Accept the assurance of our esteemed regards, please.”