How we keep tab on crime in Gwar­inpa — DPO

The Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) of Gwar­inpa, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent (CSP) Nu­rud­deen Sabo, has said sup­port from re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers has made polic­ing Gwar­inpa easy. Ex­cerpts.

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Terkula Igidi

You are al­ways in the news ar­rest­ing sus­pects and charg­ing them to court. Can you tell us what your mo­ti­va­tion is?

Fight­ing crime is one of our car­di­nal man­dates as of­fi­cers of the Nige­ria Po­lice Force and since we signed to do that job, we try to do it dili­gently by fol­low­ing the rule of law. You know we are in a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion, if any­one tram­ples on any­body’s hu­man right alarms will be raised. So, we try to do ev­ery­thing un­der the am­bit of the law.

Are sus­pects treated when you ar­rest them? fairly

All the rights of sus­pects have been spelt out and we give them their rights. When we make ar­rest and the sus­pect says he can­not write the state­ment un­til he sees his lawyer, we al­low him to call his lawyer and in the pres­ence of his lawyer, we in­ter­ro­gate him.

Then af­ter tak­ing his state­ment, we write a de­ten­tion order, that is the order that au­tho­rises us to keep them in our cus­tody. Our cell is al­ways neat and it is not over­crowded. We al­ways have less than 30 peo­ple and each cell does not have more than 10 peo­ple be­cause of the ca­pac­ity.

What’s the nor­mal ca­pac­ity?

In Gwar­inpa di­vi­sion, we have about three cells and un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances we do not ex­ceed five peo­ple in each of the three cells. Some­times you see three peo­ple per cell and not more than 10 peo­ple in the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity. Even dur­ing raids, when we get so many sus­pects, we in­ter­view them one af­ter the other and those with ID cards and those who can ex­plain why they were there and can con­vince us that they are not crim­i­nals, we will re­lease them to sureties im­me­di­ately af­ter the ar­rest.

But those who can­not give ac­count of them­selves and their means of liveli­hood and we sus­pect them to be crim­i­nals, we keep them in our cus­tody for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. If we do not find them want­ing, we re­lease them to re­li­able sureties with warn­ing to de­sist from pa­tro­n­is­ing black spots. Those we get ev­i­dence to pros­e­cute, we charge them to court.

What are the chal­lenges pe­cu­liar to polic­ing Gwar­inpa?

The chal­lenges are scav­engers who some­times will move about in the night go­ing from one dust­bin to an­other but they aid crim­i­nals. Some­times when thieves steal elec­tron­ics, they put them in the carts and they put refuse on it and if you are not very watch­ful, you will not know that there are stolen items be­neath the heap of refuse. We have ar­rested many with that and we have banned their move­ment from 6:30p.m. to day­break. If they want to evac­u­ate dust­bins they should do it in the day time. Some hide lap­tops, plasma TVs and if there is no light when they en­ter a house and the gen­er­a­tor is on they will dis­con­nect it and carry it. The per­son that will as­sist them is the scavenger. We ar­rested about two of them.

How do you han­dle pres­sure, es­pe­cially from politi­cians and highly placed in­di­vid­u­als in Gwar­inpa?

We have so many VIPs here, about four min­sters are liv­ing here, eight re­tired DIGs are also here; about 11 AIGs are liv­ing close to me and when an is­sue comes up, even if I don’t re­lay it to my head­quar­ters, they hear it. That is why when any­thing hap­pens we act quickly, make ar­rest and take it to head­quar­ters.

Just last week, I had a meet­ing with Com­mu­nity Safety Foun­da­tion of Gwar­inpa stake­hold­ers per­tain­ing se­cu­rity. I sum­marised all the achieve­ments such as ar­rests, re­cov­er­ies we have made from Jan­uary to date and all of them ap­pre­ci­ated my ef­fort of bring­ing crime to the barest min­i­mum in Gwar­inpa. I asked them to as­sist in over­com­ing chal­lenges like lo­gis­tics, main­tain­ing the pa­trol ve­hi­cles and I have an added ad­van­tage of hous­ing those DIGs. Dur­ing their time, they be­came in­stru­men­tal in de­ploy­ing more pa­trol ve­hi­cles in Gwar­inpa. I’m hav­ing about nine func­tional pa­trol ve­hi­cles, Maitama, Asokoro, are hav­ing just two each. Wuse has just one so by virtue of these re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers, they de­ployed many pa­trol vans to us. We have six that are ser­vice­able.

In the night, I use to sec­tion­alise Gwar­inpa into nine sec­tions, each sec­tion has a pa­trol ve­hi­cle that will man it. Any dis­tress call from any place, a ve­hi­cle will an­swer the call and re­spond promptly and make ar­rest.

Re­cently, some­one was robbed with the aid of his for­mer staff. The guard con­nived with two peo­ple and they went to the man’s house but he was not at home. The se­cu­rity guard opened the door for them and they sat and waited for the oga. Af­ter 12:00a.m. the house owner re­turned and the hood­lums pointed a toy gun at him ask­ing for money. They took his car and his mo­bile phone. Im­me­di­ately they left, he made a dis­tress call and four of our pa­trol ve­hi­cles moved in but be­fore they got to his house the robbers had left.

He gave me the par­tic­u­lars of the car and I called the DPO in Mararaba, Kwali, Tafa and Kaduna and told them about the car. As God will have it, the fol­low­ing morn­ing when they were about to reach Kaduna, the po­lice there ar­rested one of the sus­pects and he said the third one was liv­ing within the vic­tim’s house. The one they ar­rested with the ve­hi­cle de­scribed where I can get the third per­son.

Nu­rud­deen Sabo with his award

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