By Hassan Zaggi
The Bauchi state Commissioner of Police (CP), Habu Sani, has launched what he christened ‘the sectorization of Bauchi metrolis’ into 42 operational/patrol sectors.
Following the formal launch, 1500 men of the command and other volunteers have been deployed to the 42 sectors to maintain law and order.
This is apart from divisional routine patrols in their respective jurisdiction and Special Tactical Teams that are engaged in the Operation Puff Adder to sustain the fight against crime across the state.
Speaking during the formal launched of the sectorization of the Bauchi metropolis, CP Sani disclosed that similar sectorization strategy is being replicated in 25 other Police Divisions across the state.
According to him, in order to checkmate the activities of criminals in the state, “we reviewed, analysed and re-strategised our policing approach in the state and came up with a strategy that is Police-Community Policing Partnership to augment our manpower challenges and checkmate crimes in the state such as sara-suka, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes squarely.
“Consequently, the Area of Responsibility (AOR) of all Police Divisions in the state have now been crime mapped into sectors and proportionate number of security men from Police and volunteer outfits have been mobilised to patrol the areas with particular attention to locations identified as hot spots for getting information on early warning signals, prevention of crime and timely response to incidents/distress calls.”
The CP expressed optimism that with the launched of the strategy, criminal activities will be reduced to the barest minimum in the state.
He revealed that in the past few days, 43 suspects have been arrested for various offences including Sara-Suka (thugs), Babeli (belonging to unlawful society responsible for extra judicial killings in the state); being in possession of counterfeit US dollars, dispensing without license and dealing with dangerous drugs.
Out of the number, he said, 8 suspects have been charged to court while 35 are still in the Police custody undergoing investigation.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects, he disclosed, include one locally made pistol with 6 rounds 0.7mm caliber of live ammunition, 32 cutlasses, a motorcycle, 40 wraps of dry leave suspected to be Indian hemp and many others.
He, however, applauded the support of the Bauchi state government, sister security agencies, traditional and religious leaders, Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) and other prominent residents of the state for their efforts in combating crime and ensuring peace and stability in the state.