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Ganduje rules out establishment of regional security outfit

* expresses confidence in police, sister security agencies

From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano

At a time when state governments and geographical regions are clamouring for local security outfits, Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed confidence in the police and sister-security agencies, insisting that they have not failed him in providing adequate security for residents of the state.

Ganduje said he is satisfied with the effective and workable synergy between the security agencies and the state government, insisting that, “the state does not need any separate security outfit, apart from the regular ones recognise by Law.”

He stated this while receiving the newly posted Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone One, AIG Sadiq Abubakar Bello who paid him a courtesy call.

AIG Bello came to officially present himself to Ganduje, at the Council Chamber, Government House, Kano, along with other senior Police officers, including the Commissioner of Police, Kano Command, CP Habu Sani on Wednesday.

According to him, “we do not intend to come forth with any security outfit. People who are not trained and who do not even understand how security works. You just cannot give what you like to people in the name of security outfit. Just like that.”

He further expressed confidence in the way security agencies conduct their professional role in securing the society and protecting lives and properties in the state, adding that it gives him more encouragement to understand that, with harmonious working relationship among all the security agencies, society would be more secured.

According to him, there is no rivalry among the security agencies in the state, “they all work together with a common purpose in all fronts. They all involve in the security management of the state. We are always using our Control Centre to look at and fish out black spots.”

Ganduje said the state has multi-purpose tracker vehicle and planted Close Circuit Television (CCTV) in so many strategic locations in the state.

“How can you bring forth something and at the end of the day, the same thing becomes security threat to the people and the society? So we don’t want what will turn to become another security challenge,” he asked rhetorically.

“The Hisbah we have in place are working all in synergy with Police. They are being guided by Police and other security agents, as the case may be. We don’t see them as separate security entity. They, like any other individual, help security agents to work very well,” he added.

Ganduje further stated that, “with the good synergy and good working relationship among all our security agencies, coupled with Allah’s Guidance and Blessing, Kano is now the most peaceful state in the federation. Your coming to me shows that you really mean business in securing your area of jurisdiction. That is Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.”

He assured that all the states under Zone One Police Headquarters, would continue to work together for the peace and security of the Zone, and the country in general.

“We are coming up with structure in our new security strategy that will go a long way in complying with the global best practice.

“It is absolutely necessary to understand that we always need local intelligence gathering among our people. We shall have surveillance in all our markets and other public places,” he added.

On the Command and Control Centre at the Kano Command of the Police Headquarters, Bompai, Ganduje said that the state is using the facility for securing the state and even beyond, in a modern way of policing.

He pointed out that, “even the expansion and inclusion of the state Emirates, to Five from One, were done to also, among other reasons, to deepen and widen the concept of community policing where our traditional institutions could be more effective and vibrant in putting hands together with the government to have more security.”

In his remarks, AIG Bello commended Ganduje for providing the atmosphere and conducive environment for the security agencies to work effectively and efficiently in the state.

“I am ready to work and partner with the government and good people of Kano state. The Command and Control Centre itself is another testimony to the fact that His Excellency means well for the state and the people of the state,” he said.

He promised that they would always try and improve the security of the state and other states under his jurisdiction, while urging all and sundry to cooperate with security agencies for the overall development of the state in particular and the country in general.

“His Excellency’s effort in repositioning the Constabulary Police is another viable way of strengthening community policing. Which the Governor is up and doing in that,” he added.

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