Po­lice­men op­er­ate un­der trees in Yobe – CP

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

The Yobe State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Zanna M Ibrahim, yes­ter­day said lack of of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion has com­pelled po­lice of­fi­cers and men to op­er­ate un­der trees.

Zan­nah, while re­ceiv­ing the As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Zone 12, AIG Tunde Ogun­sakin, said, “apart from one or two struc­tures stand­ing, like the com­mis­sioner’s house, B Divi­sion and CID, no other struc­ture is stand­ing in this com­mand. All oth­ers have been de­stroyed. Most of the of­fi­cers live in rented houses, make shift of­fices, and un­der trees”.

He said the com­mand used to have 3,474 op­er­a­tives but that the fig­ure has gone down due to trans­fers.

“By the time I took over in Septem­ber, 226 per­son­nel had been trans­ferred with­out re­place­ments. This de­vel­op­ment has added to the man­power con­strain in this com­mand de­spite our pe­cu­liar­ity,” he said.

He lamented that the com­mand lacks of­fi­cers and men to han­dle pro­fes­sional de­part­ments, adding, “presently, we don’t have a sin­gle lawyer in the le­gal depart­ment and ICT ex­perts are also needed”

Ear­lier, the AIG had as­sured that he would chan­nel all their com­plaints to the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, adding that the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari led ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mit­ted to op­er­a­tives’ wel­fare.

He said with the co­op­er­a­tion of the state gov­ern­ment and In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, en­ti­tle­ments would be paid promptly to po­lice­men serv­ing in the com­mand.

Kabir Hamisu Matazu

Asst. In­spec­torGen­eral of Po­lice, Tunde Ogun­sakin (mid­dle) with other se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing his visit to Yobe State yes­ter­day.

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