Kano Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliasu, says Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s strategy of including the traditional institutions to fight crime is enhancing the security architecture of the state.
He noted that with the genuine intention of the governor for improving quality security system in the state, the state government is doing well in collaborating with all the security agencies in the state towards achieving that.
He described the Governor as an epitome of community policing.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar said the Police boss stated this during a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House, Kano,
The statement said CP Iliasu assured of the Command’s support for effective policing to protect lives and properties, at all cost, within the purview of the law.
He said ,”Your Excellency Sir, being an epitome of community policing in the country, you are changing the demography and geography of the state in the area of security and peaceful co-existence.’’
He added that “We are ready to work with you for safer Kano state. We have reposed all the confidence in you Sir.”
According to the statement , the CP said since the his assumption of office in the last few weeks, his Command was able to arrest 660 suspected criminals , out of which 600 were prosecuted.
Iliasu commended Kano state government efforts in the area of assisting the Command with security gadgets for curtailing criminal activities however sophisticated they could be, construction of blocks, zonal offices among others.
In his response governor Ganduje discloses that when the new Commissioner of Police came to Kano there was drastic reduction of criminal activities in the state, emphasising that, “…banditry has gone into the thin air, cattle rustling nowhere to be found, while armed robbery and kidnapping have drastically reduced.”
To drastically address the security challenges facing the country and Kano inclusive, governor Ganduje said, ” Falgore forest has already being designed for Military Training Ground. And very soon we are developing structures for that purpose. Plan is in top gear towards that.”
“I want to use this opportunity to inform you that, we will invite the Inspector General of Police to come and commission some structures we built for the Nigeria Police Force, Zonal offices included. So also the modern gadgets room and equipment, the state put in place for the State Command,” says Ganduje.
On Community Policing, Ganduje said, “We are all aware of an important role our traditional institutions could play in this area, that was why we organized Security Summit at the Karaye Emirate and soon we are organizing another one in Rano Emirate. All our five Emirates would continue to be included while designing our security architecture.”