The newly posted Katsina State Police Commissioner, CP Shehu Umar Nadada rolled out his eight (8) to contain terrorism and other related crimes in all parts of the State.
He also pledged to work closely with sister security agencies, vigilante groups, and traditional title holders as well as community leaders due to the inadequate number of police personnel in the State.
CP Nadada was speaking in a media chat with some journalists at the Command Headquarters, Katsina on Thursday as he assumed duty after taking over from the outgoing Police Commissioner, CP Idrisu Dauda Dabban.
Before his posting to Katsina State, Nadada was CP Communications, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
Part of his “policing goals” include among others; working with all critical stakeholders in order to provide a well-knitted and comprehensive security for the conduct of a peaceful 2023 general elections.
Others are frontally and decisively dealing with the scourge of any form of heinous crimes such as banditry, cattle rustling, cybercrime, kidnapping/abduction, armed robbery, and any other form of low-intensity crime; to emplace an impregnable security architecture that will neutralize the aggression of criminal elements in the state.
He listed more as to constructing operational latitude that will create a secure, flourishing, and conducive climate for the self-actualization of every law-abiding citizenry in the state; To work within the ambit of rule of law and respect for human rights of the citizenry in our day-to-day policing.
To create a mechanism for robust and well-formalized community policing in the state.
To cooperate and collaborate with other security agencies in our efforts to make the entire state safe for all the law-abiding citizenry.
And to ensure the safety of all persons, including security personnel, wherever possible.
The Police Commissioner, however, appealed to members of the general public to partner with the Nigeria Police Force in tackling the present security challenges affecting the state by giving out useful information, that will assist the Police in dealing with recalcitrant terrorists, bandits, and their collaborators and other forms of crime and criminality in the state.
He also assured that all information given by the general public will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
In the meantime, the new AIG deployed Zone 14 Headquarters, Katsina, AIG Edward Egbuka had on Wednesday reported to Katsina State looking forward to guiding, coordinating, and directing the Police Commissioners within the Zone.
In a courtesy visit to the state governor, Aminu Masari, AIG Edward Egbuka noted that the essence is to fine-tune previous strategies available in their possession and come up with new strategies to combat banditry, kidnapping, terrorism, and other heinous crimes in the zone.
He, however, warned politicians to avoid utterances and actions that will overhit the polity and create violent outcomes before, during, or after the general elections.
“I am basically here to coordinate them and make an input on their strategies and see what to do though I am reporting at a critical time when the general election is approaching,” he said.
“I want to assure your Excellency that, I will do everything possible to nib insecurity in the bud to ensure that the integrity of the forthcoming elections is not affected.”
He further pledged not to allow hoodlums and miscreants to overrun the country.
On his part, Masari revealed that the type of banditry the state has been dealing with is locally made as all the bandits’ leaders he noticed were once living peacefully with people in various communities before things got out of hand.
“We were making efforts to amend our local government laws to give traditional institutions roles to play in community peacebuilding with thousands of vigilante members trained and attached to the police in order to complement the members of the police
“The police and the army have been doing their best so far,” he noted.