The Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Muhammad Abubakar, yesterday said the prevailing security challenges facing some parts northern states would soon be a forgotten issue, stating that policemen would continue to ensure the sustenance of peace and stability in the affected states.
Abubakar, who said normalcy had started returning to Kano State, said commercial activities was picking up in the state.
Speaking in Kano, when he paid a courtesy visit on the state governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, in his office, Abubakar said: “From the look of things, peace and stability is gradually returning back in Kano state, things the security situation is improving and situation is normally appreciating.”
He added: “We are now putting additional measures to ensure that Kano State remains calm and secure and thank God that commercial activities is picking up in state.”
According to him, “I was in Kano for on the spot assessment tour of security situation in some parts of the country, especially in the region, noting that it has shown some encouragement.”
On the dearth of policemen in Kano compared to other states, Abubakar said: “We are fully aware of this issue and the Federal Government is working to address the problem because Kano State needs additional hands to protect lives and property of the people.”
The IG also thanked the state governor for the renovation of some police structures in the state, saying this was achieved due to support from the state government.
Responding, Kwankwaso said his administration would continue to work with the police to ensure peace in the state.
He said the recent national merit award to the IG was a well deserve honour considering his efforts and commitment to maintain peace and stability in the country.
According to him, “If the Police Force has the required equipment, it will not only boost its morale but promote efficiency in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities.
“It is when this equipment is available that we can make prediction and we strongly believe that when they are in place, it will equip us adequately to face ongoing and unforeseen security challenges in the country, but so far, so good.”
He lamented that inadequate equipment, particularly operational vehicles and logistics was hampering the performance of the Police Force.