22nd November, 2010
All security agencies in Niger State have been placed on alert following an alarmÂ raised by Governor Muazu Aliyu Babangida that some members of the notorious BokoÂ Haram sect are planning to invade the state.
Following this alarm, armed mobile policemen now carry out 24-hour patrol on majorÂ roads in the state capital.
Governor Babangida Aliyu said he raised the alarm following a report he receivedÂ from the Bauchi State Governor, Alhaji Isa Yuguda that Boko Haram members were onÂ their way to carry out terror attacks in Niger State.
The governor told emirs and traditional title holders in the state that securityÂ reports before him showed that members of the group were already in the state andÂ called on security operatives to be on alert
He also called on all law abiding citizens of the state to remain calm and reportÂ any suspected group of people to the nearest police station or emirsâ€™ palaces inÂ their area.
Meanwhile, the state police command says it has succeeded in arresting a Boko HaramÂ suspect in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.
The state police commissioner, Mr. Mike Zukoumo, who did not give much details onÂ the suspect, said he was arrested following a tipoff and will be prosecuted afterÂ completion of investigation.
The suspect, a Fulani by tribe, gave his name as Miyida Ganjo but refused to makeÂ any comment on his membership of the dreaded group.
Islamic scholars in the state have called on both the Police and SSS to carry themÂ along in their activities against the dreaded group.
Mallam Ibrahim Mai Yen Makaranta who spoke to P.M.NEWS in Minna said:Â â€œWe donâ€™tÂ want what happened in Borno and Bauchi to happen in Minna,â€ he stated.
He appealed to the people of the state to remain calm as true Islamic scholars willÂ expose any suspected islamic group to the authorities.