We Were Able To Curb Kaduna Crisis Within Two Days – Police
The Nigeria Police Force says normalcy has been restored to Kaduna State following Sunday’s attack that led to the loss of at least 55 lives in Kasuwar Magani in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
During an appearance on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast show of Channels Television, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said police officers were able to put the situation under control in just two days.
“If you follow the crisis in Kaduna from 1986, when such crisis happens, it lasts for several days if not weeks. But this time around, we were able to curb within two days,” he said on Monday.
Following the violence, Moshood stated that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, directed the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 7 Headquarters in charge of Kaduna and Niger states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to lead the Police Special Intervention Force already on the ground at Kasuwar Magani.
The team comprises the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), and Intelligence Response Team (IRT) among others.
The police spokesman revealed that the team would embark on operations that would cover the entire Kasuwar Magani and environs, as well as other trouble spots in the state.
Moshood attributed the peaceful atmosphere to the intelligence gathering of the force whom he said got information from members of the public.
“We have our Intelligence Gathering Department, the SID in each of the divisions gather information where we move in swiftly.
When asked if the creation of state police would help address the nation’s security challenges, the Force spokesman said: “the best way to go is community policing which now the Federal Government is championing.”
He cited China and India where he said as large as the two countries are, they have a federal policing structure.
“If you look at a country like China, for example, they have one unified police force. Even if you take India that is run in the same Commonwealth with Nigeria, they run the same police force.
“And now the population of India may even surpass China in the next few months or years. The culture of the people determines how we police them.”