AIG vis­its Katsina, meets emirs over ban­ditry

The Punch - - NEWS - Olaide Oye­lude, Katsina

THe As­sis­tant In­spec­torgen­eral of Po­lice in charge of Zone 1, Sadiq Bello, on Wed­nes­day com­menced a two­day visit to Katsina State with a view to find­ing so­lu­tion to the ban­ditry chal­lenge and other crimes fac­ing the state.

Dur­ing the visit, the AIG would meet the emir of Katsina, Dr Ab­dul­mu­min Kabir, other monar­chs and stake­hold­ers.

He said the dis­turb­ing news of re­cent ban­dit at­tacks made him to visit Katsina for an on-the-spot as­sess­ment of the sit­u­a­tion.

The po­lice chief said, “I am here be­cause of the dis­turb­ing se­cu­rity re­port com­ing from Katsina. But we thank God, the se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives have risen to the oc­ca­sion. I be­lieve the Katsina State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice is do­ing a great job in view of the pre­vail­ing chal­lenges. I must also com­mend heads of other sis­ter se­cu­rity agen­cies in the state and their teams.

“I am go­ing to meet the tra­di­tional rulers, the emirs, over this ban­ditry chal­lenge. I will seek from them who are those re­spon­si­ble for it? How can the problem be crushed? All these are parts of the com­mu­nity polic­ing that the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice is clam­our­ing for and which is go­ing to take off very soon. We equally want our of­fi­cers and men to be pre­pared for the new com­mu­nity polic­ing.”

He also urged mem­bers of the public to trust the po­lice and work with its op­er­a­tives to com­bat crimes in the state.

The State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Sanusi Buba, had ear­lier told the AIG that the po­lice com­mand was do­ing its best to tackle crimes in the state de­spite chal­lenges.

The CP said, “The se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Katsina State is rel­a­tively calm but frag­ile. The dan­ger­ous and ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties of ban­dits in the eight front­line local gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Jibia, Bat­sari, Safana, Dan­musa, Kankara, Faskari, Dan­dume and Sabuwa have neg­a­tively im­pacted on the lives of these peo­ple.

“The launch­ing and in­au­gu­ral take off of the Oper­a­tion Puff Ad­der by the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Muhammed Adamu, on April 8, 2019 at the Bat­sari Local Gov­ern­ment Area of Katsina State wit­nessed mas­sive de­ploy­ment of per­son­nel and equip­ment in the front­line ar­eas lead­ing to mas­sive raids and sev­eral ar­rests of sus­pected ban­dits and re­cov­ery of a large cache of arms and am­mu­ni­tion.

“The state gov­ern­ment’s di­a­logue process and peace ini­tia­tives were pred­i­cated on the fact that the con­flict at a point as­sumed a com­mu­nal di­men­sion and the need to build trust and rec­on­cile both farm­ers and herders be­came im­per­a­tive.”

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