The police command in Bauchi has beefed up security ahead of the 21st Gonto anniversary in Bogoro town, Bogoro local government area.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesman for the command, Ahmed Wakil, on Wednesday in Bauchi.
The police explained that the command had intensified surveillance and patrols to thwart acts of lawlessness and breach of peace during the anniversary slated for December 31.
The statement said that the measure was imperative to maintain law and order following tension triggered by irate youths over the planned anniversary in the area.
“Sequel to the letter of notification sent by the ZAAR community to the commissioner of police, Bauchi State Command, to celebrate the 21st anniversary in honour of late Baba Peter Gonto scheduled to hold from December 30 to December 31, 2021, in Bogoro town,” the police statement disclosed. “The commissioner of police, Mr Umar Sanda, has ordered the full deployment of police tactical teams to provide security to lives and properties before, during and after the event.”
The statement further said the police commissioner warned officers to be professional while discharging their duties.
While urging the public, especially the Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa communities, to go about their normal business, the police warned them against engaging in criminal activities.
The late Gonto was considered a prominent politician who contributed to the development of the Sayawa chiefdom.