Zamfara Police Command Says Ready To Protect Indigenes

policeAhead of Saturday’s presidential election, the Zamfara State Police Command has assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police Force and other relevant security agencies to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.

The State Police Commissioner, Mr Femi Ogunbayode in a statement issued on Friday, called on residents not to panic, and go about their lawful duties as the Command had enough men on ground to safeguard their lives and property during the polls.

He said, his men have already been deployed to all the nooks and crannies of the State, including entry and exit points to ensure the State is safe during the election.

Mr Ogunbayode warned all trouble-makers and anti-social elements to stay away from Zamfara State throughout the period of the election as the “Police would not hesitate to arrest and prosecute any person, no matter how highly placed in society, who flouts the law or causes a breach of the peace”.

The Commissioner also appealed to political parties, their candidates and supporters to conduct themselves in orderly manner during the polls.

The statement further warned residents to respect the restriction order, issued by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, during the period of the election, stating that only those on official duties would be allowed to move around on election day.

Zamfara CP Seeks Collaboration Of Traditional Rulers To Fight Cattle Rustling

zamfara The Zamfara state Police Command and Traditional Rulers have agreed to work closely in areas of information sharing and intelligence gathering in rural communities, to help tackle cattle rustling and other criminal activities in the state.

The new Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr Femi Ogunbayode who disclosed this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television in his office, expressed his willingness to work closely with traditional rulers and community leaders in all the emirate councils across Zamfara state aimed at reducing the level of crime in the state.

He further stated that community policing would go a long way in restoring peace and order in all troubled areas.

The Commissioner who said he had undertaken a tour of all the local government areas and emirate councils where he met with the traditional rulers and other stakeholders, expressed satisfaction with the amount of commitment and cooperation he received from them, adding that such support would assist the police in the fight against cattle rustlers and other social vices in the State.

The new Zamfara State Police commissioner, has embarked on a familiarisation tour of the state since he resumed office.

Amongst key stakeholders visited were traditional rulers in the state to seek support for efforts to rout criminals out of Zamfara State.
He also addressed politicians and told them the need to conduct their electioneering campaigns in orderly manner.

According to him, such mutual cooperation with those at the grassroots and all other critical stakeholders is key in the fight against crime across the state, assuring that the confidentiality of sources of information about criminals would be maintained by the command.

He further stated that, though the challenges of cattle rustling remain a big problem in Zamfara, with information sharing and intelligence gathering between the Police and other stakeholders, the phenomenon would reduce drastically.

The Police Commissioner also disclosed that the command had arrested some political thugs who would be charged to court soon.

He vowed to deal decisively with trouble makers who may want to destabilize the peace of the state during the forthcoming elections.

While acknowledging the effort of the police in the fight against crime in the state, the Emir of Anka and Chairman of Zamfara State council of Chiefs, Alhaji Attahiru Muhammad Ahmad assured the determination and willingness of the traditional institution to assist the Police and other security agencies in their operations, geared in making the state crime free.

Zamfara State has been in the news over the activities of cow rustlers, a development, which the state government and the police said they had been trying to curtail.

Since 2010, some local government areas ; Bukuyum, Zurmi, Birnin Magaji and Tsafe local had been under the siege of cattle rustlers, who attacked herdsmen with reckless abandon and leave them with varying degree of losses. In most cases, the hoodlums ended up killing scores of people and stealing their cows.

It was estimated that over 100,000 cows had been stolen from herdsmen by the hoodlums.

FCT Police Clamps Down Vehicles With Unauthorized Tinted Glasses

The Federal Capital Territory Police Command has begun the enforcement of the ban on vehicles with tinted glasses.

In a surprise raid, tagged Operation Velvet, the police stormed major streets in Abuja to arrest vehicle owners using cars with tinted glasses.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Femi Ogunbayode says the enforcement is in line with the directive of the inspector general of police to stop people without authorization from using vehicles with tinted glasses.

He also said that the police will clamp down on illegal users of vehicles with sirens and just as warned those who cover their number plates to desist from doing so with immediate effect.

Police Warns Against Violence Ahead Of FCT Council Polls

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has warned that it will not tolerate any act of violence or misconduct during the chairmanship and councillorship election billed to take place on the March 16th.

FCT Commissioner of Police, Mr. Femi Ogunbayode who said that police men will be deployed to the nooks and crannies of the FCT for the polls, urged leaders of political parties to ensure that their members adhere strictly to the Electoral Act.

He also warned that no politician is allowed at any polling unit with escorts and orderlies.

Mr. Ogunbayode also announced that movement in the FCT will be restricted from 12 midnight on Friday 15th March to 5pm on Saturday 16th for people coming into the FCT, while residence of the FCT will have movement retracted from 7am  to 5pm on Saturday 16th of March 2013.