Despite divisions in Bauchi State’s Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas over the planned 21st memorial anniversary of late Sayawa leader Peter Gonto, sources and some journalists confirmed that the ceremony will take place.
This is despite the fact that Umar Sanda, the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, has ordered the complete deployment of police tactical teams to ensure the safety of people and property before, during, and after the event.
The Sayawa people are deeply divided over the Gonto 21st Memorial Anniversary, which will be held on Thursday, December 30th and Friday, December 31st, 2021.
Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, had written a letter to Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police, about security threats in the region if the event was allowed to take place.
However, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, stated that the CP has sent security operatives to guarantee that the event goes off without a hitch.
According to the announcement, ‘CP Deploys Operatives Ahead Of The Book Launch And 21st Anniversary Of Late Baba Peter Gonto,’ law-abiding individuals are advised not to panic and to go about their daily routines while staying away from criminal activity.
The statement read, “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 on 30th and 31st December 2021 at Bogoro township, the Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Sanda, has ordered the full deployment of Police tactical teams to provide security to lives and properties before, during and after the event.
“He consequently ordered officers and men of the Command to intensify efforts in resisting and curtailing any act of lawlessness, oppression or intimidation from any group of persons and warned officers to be professional while discharging their duties.
“The Command, therefore, wishes to urge law-abiding citizens of the state particularly, the people of Bogoro/ Tafawa Balewa Local Governments not to panic but go about their normal businesses and stay away from all forms of crime and criminality.”