By Idowu Michael, in Damaturu
The Fika Emirate Council in Yobe State has said recent declaration of Potiskum by the military as a recruitment centre for Boko Haram was unfair and not in good light.
The Emirate, which has as it’s Headquarters Potiskum, one of the major town in Yobe, said the declaration was shocking and against joint effort towards fighting insurgency, as one would have expected the military to take the leadership of the area into confidence before the announcement.
A statement signed by the press officer of the Emirate, Alhaji Ali Gimba and made available to our correspondent on Thursday, read: “The attention of Fika Emirate Council, Potiskum, Yobe State has been drawn to a recent reports alleging Potiskum town as a recruitment centre for members of the Boko Haram sect.
“We are astonished with the said report having no preliminary reports from the security agencies suggesting same.
“As partners in progress, we feel there is an obligation to bring to the notice of sister authorities including the traditional institutions to share note and intelligence in the spirit of collective war against insurgency.”
The statement also read that: “As an institution that is closer to people, we have a duty and responsibility to support government and the security forces in the fight against insurgency and other crimes.
“We also feel we can as well contribute effectively through dialogue with Parents, Youths and other subjects of the Emirate to find a sustainable solution to social vices and crime in the area.
“The Emirate is however perplexed with the information which ought to have been shared among partners and to suggest means of finding a solution to any criminal act.”
The Emirate in the statement, said: “We wish to inform the public that the Emirate has already employed some strategies to carefully monitor suspicious movements and activities with the view to assisting the security where necessary.
“The Emirate wish to call on the State Security apparatus to develop confidence in the local authority which is close to the people for effective working synergy, collaboration and confidence building to collectively fight the menace of crime and insurgency.