October 25, 2015

Boko Haram: Adamawa to intensify prayers, state policing to forestall attacks

Boko Haram: Adamawa to intensify prayers, state policing to forestall attacks

The Adamawa State Government on Sunday, said it would mobilise the people to guard their communities and pray fervently for divine intervention in the security situation in the state.

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The move by the government is coming in the aftermath of the bomb explosion that killed 30 worshippers at a mosque in the Jambutu area of Yola on Friday.

The state Commissioner for Information, Ahmad Sajoh, made this known in a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Yola.

Mr. Sajoh said that the planned move by the government was in furtherance of the resolutions reached after an emergency security meeting convened by Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla shortly after receiving a Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

“The meeting, which lasted several hours, took far reaching decisions, which included the need to intensify prayers and massive public enlightenment, among many others.

“It was observed that these cowardly attacks on soft targets are as a result of the fact that the insurgents have been degraded as a fighting force and have also been smoked out of their hiding places.

“The meeting, therefore, resolved to step-up public enlightenment in the state using conventional media as well as traditional media such as public address vans, town criers, posters, and handbills in addition to the use of radio and television Jingles,” the statement said.

The statement said that traditional rulers at all levels would be involved in the process of community policing.

“Traditional rulers are to support government and the security agencies in public enlightenment, monitoring movements, identifying strange persons, and coordinating the activities of local vigilance groups and hunters within their communities.

“Another very serious issue discussed was the connection between abuse of drug related substances and criminal activities including terrorism.

“The meeting resolved to equally combat drug abuse and include issues of drug abuse in all public enlightenment matters,” it added.

According to the statement, the office of the commissioner for information will equally convene a meeting of all media executives and other stakeholders, including the National Orientation Agency to fashion out a blueprint for public awareness in the state.