By Tom Garba,Yola – Gov. Jibrilla Bindow of Adamawa on Friday urges the military not to be hurry to hand over those insurgency liberated communities in the state to civil law enforcement agencies.
Bindow made the call while receiving members of the inter-ministerial committee on handing over of insurgency liberated communities to civil law enforcement agencies who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House in Yola.
The governor said that though the powers of the insurgents had been degraded, he however insisted that the military could still maintain those areas until the war had finally ended.
He said that the presence of the military had given the people more confidence to return home, adding that any withdrawal from them would affect the people psychologically.
He commended the Federal government for sharing the ugly feelings of the people of the state in particular and the north east in general.
He also commended the security agencies in the state for their efficient intelligence gathering, adding that the team was the best he could work with.
Earlier, Maj. Gen. Fatai Alli, the leader of the committee sent to Adamawa said that their mandate was to consult with stakeholders and get their views which would be implemented by the federal Government.
Alli said that the committee would visit all the affected communities to see things for themselves and interact with the people so as to produce an objective report.
Alli noted that the committee would look at areas of the infrastructure of the security personnel who would take over security of the places.
“Definitely we are going to hold a town hall meeting with the security agencies in the state, we will visit all the affected areas and consult with the relevant stakeholders in order to produce an objective report.
“Most of the places occupied by the terrorists have being liberated, therefore, it is imperative to consolidate on the gains achieved by restoring civil authority in the liberated areas.
“As we are here today, some of our colleagues have gone to Borno and Yobe to carry out the same assignment.’’