AIG visits Katsina, meets emirs over banditry
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.”