On August 30, 2023, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, received the Chairman of the Community Development Scheme, Prof Muhammad Tabi’u. Further, in a separate engagement on August 31 2023, with the Chairman of Yoruba Community Kano State, Alhaji Abduljalal O Abdulyakin Soga, on a courtesy visit.
2. In his remark, the Chairman of the Community Development Scheme, Prof. Mohammad Tabi’u (SAN), stated, “We are here representing Kano Community Development Scheme. The scheme is a Green Horizon community support initiative (GH-C51) programme, a non-governmental and non-partisan development-oriented organization based in Kano.
The scheme’s objective is to promote Kano’s development and address the socio-economic challenges the State faces through collective efforts towards improving the security situation in our Communities, preventing drug abuse, rehabilitating victims, and providing skills and empowerment for the youth.
He said, “We wish to present the objectives of Kano-CDS and appeal for your guidance, support, and partnership. Thank you.”
In his remark, the Chairman of Yoruba Community Kano State, Alhaji Abduljalal O Abdulyakin Soga, stated, “The CP Sir, our coming here today is to familiarize with you and declare our infringing support and readiness to assist the Nigeria Police, Kano Command with all the necessary cosmetics that may be required within the bound of the law.
This is a caretaker committee Constituted by the Oba of Yoruba, and we deemed it fit to use this opportunity and bring ourselves for proper recognition and familiarization. Finally, I assure you of our maximum cooperation and support. Thank you, sir.
In his dual responses, the Commissioner of Police, Kano Command, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, stated, “I sincerely want to use this opportunity to welcome you and appreciate you for showing your desire to partner with the Police.
Peace is something everybody is striving for in the development of society. On my arrival to the State as the Commissioner of Police for Kano State Command, there were security challenges, especially the menace of daylight and night Mobile Phone Armed Robbery, especially within the Kano Metropolis which was at then there were daily reported cases and most cases with record of fatalities, injuries, loss of properties.
On assumption of duty, I am having obtained briefs from my predecessor, the Command’s Departmental Heads, Critical Community Stakeholders, Traditional and Religious Leaders, and other heads of security agencies on how best to reduce the Intensity of these Criminalities.
Today, you will notice that these Crimes have been pushed to the wall, and people are going about with their Businesses. We started with the Kinetic Approach. Those who used weapons to rob People of their Properties were arrested, and we succeeded in charging them with the Capital Offence of armed robbery after Consultation with the Magistrates Association of Nigeria (MAN) and some Upper Sharia Court Judges. Before that, they were charged with extortion.
Interestingly, over a thousand (1000+) suspects were investigated and are currently behind bars. Others are awaiting trial for offences ranging from armed robbery, culpable homicide, thuggery, having deadly weapons, drugs and dried leaves suspected of Indian hemp and alike.
Also, in line with the vision and directive of the Acting Inspector-General of Police to all police commands and formations to each employ effective policing strategies for tackling insecurity, the Command adopted non-kinetic approaches in the form of collaborative policing and invited some identified individuals considered to be behind the escalation of thuggery activities and other social vices in the State.
As a result of the initiatives, a total of one hundred (100) notorious thugs (Yan Daba) surrendered themselves, including their weapons, to the Police Command. They have repented and are working with the Police to promote sustainable peace and development in Kano State.
Despite these successes, the Police alone cannot do it considering the Population of Kano with the number of Police Personnel. It’s you who are coming to partner that will help us to bridge the gap, and we need to be on talking terms so that you will understand our shortcomings. Lastly, I advise you to be honest with this Collaboration; our doors are always Open.
The visits concluded with the presentation of souvenirs by the Commissioner of Police to the Chairman of the Community Development Scheme and the Chairman of the Yoruba Community, Kano, as a sign of Synergy.