By Hassan Zaggi
The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Kubwa Division in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ayobami Surajudeen, has warned scavengers popularly known as bababola to keep away from the area as it remains a dangerous zone for them.
Surajudeen, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) disclosed this while responding to questions on how his Division has been able to reduce to the barest minimum the activities of criminals in the area over the years.
He, however, attributed the successes recorded in the area to the support from the FCT Commissioner of Police and the Kubwa Area Commander.
According to him: “We have enjoyed tremendous support from the CP and the Area Commander of Kubwa. All the successes that we have recorded since we assumed office are because both the FCT Command and the Area Command have always provided us with operational vehicles and regular reinforcement of mobile policemen who patrol at the nights in the area.”
He further explained that: “Bababola (scavengers) have always been our headache here because where they make tents and live are always breeding grounds for criminals, but we have find a way of handling them and now the area is safe.
“We have consistently taken them unawares and pull down their illegal tents whenever they want to settle down in a particular location. This has made the entire Kubwa un-conducive for them thereby forcing them to relocate out of the area.”
The DPO, however, applauded residents of Kubwa for their support and partnership since he was posted to the area.
“The police have consistently enjoyed partnership with the residents of Kubwa. We have, over the years, engaged in community policing, hence, we have gotten the confidence and trust of the people.
“The secret of our success in Kubwa is nothing but regular community engagement and dialogue,” he stressed.