…Alleges “Some security agencies connive with bandits to sabotage government’s efforts.”
by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives from Wase Federal Constituency, Hon. Idris Wase Maje, has stated that, they must work together to tackle criminal elements in their communities.
Briefing journalists in Jos on Sunday in his residence, Hon. Idris Maje asserted that, “Government has taken serious measures, and would not allow our people to be attacked and killed on daily basis,” assuring that, he is working with the Federal Government and other relevant agencies to tackle insecurity in their zone.
According to him, Plateau should learn from Zamfara, and called on citizens of Plateau State communities to learn to give information to security operatives, adding that, “Most of these criminals stay within our communities, in as much as some security agencies are conniving with bandits to sabotage the effort of the government to tackle insecurity.”
While lamenting on the high rate of insecurity in Wase Federal Constituency of Plateau State, Hon. Maje assured that government is doing everything possible to tackle it, and observed that, “The activities of mining has worsened the level of insecurity in Wase local government council.
“Wherever there is mining activities, there are always acts of criminality because of the movement of drugs,” adding that, “Mining in Wase started in the 1950s.”
It could be recalled that, the communities in Wase local government council of the state have come under attacks by bandits in the past few months, leading to the deaths of several villagers.
He said, the Federal Government is committed to tackling the security challenges occasioned by banditry and insurgency across the country, adding that, “The role of government is to protect lives and property, and government would continue to do its best to ensure that this insecurity in my zone is tackled.”
Nevertheless, Hon. Idris Maje lamented the acts of illegal mining in his constituency, saying, “The insecurity did not start in one day,” recalling that, sometimes ago he raised a motion on the floor of the Federal House of Representatives calling on the Federal Government to look into the activities of illegal mining in his Constituency.
“I have been vindicated by the present position of the Federal Government, which is considering a ban on illegal mining, in order to tackle insecurity,” he noted.
He stated that, the Federal Government had recently proposed a ban on mining activities across the country as a way to curb deteriorating insecurity situation. “Accordingly,” he said, “The proposed ban was part of resolutions by the National Security Council during its meeting recently.”
On the outcome of the election Primaries in the state, Hon. Idris Maje said he believes the APC in the state would come out stronger, assuring that they would be exploring avenues to unite their members, stressing that, “The party primaries is over; winners have emerged. By God’s grace, the party would not break; we would work and unite all our members.”