Police debunk ’30 policemen manning 100 villages’ claim attributed to Gov Masari
The attention of Katsina state Police Command has been drawn to an online Newspaper publication in which a statement was credited to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Katsina state and the Chief Security Officer of the state to the effect that, Katsina state has less than thirty (30) Policemen policing more than one hundred (100) villages. That statement must have either been reported consequent upon a misinformation available to His Excellency, or he was reported out of context. This is because there are thirty-Eight (38) Divisions, cutting across thirty four (34) Local Government Areas in the state and none of these Police Divisions has less than fifty (50) policemen as it stands today some Divisions even have more than hundred (100) policemen.
2. The issue of numerous villages in a Local Government most of whom are virtually inaccessible and vulnerable to crime is an undisputed fact. And the inadequate ratio of policemen per citizen in the country at large cannot be over stretched. That is the reason why the Force Management under the able leadership of the present Inspector-General of Police, has taken very seriously the issue of Community Policing in order to partner with members of the communities in policing their areas and building trust and confidence between the police and communities. This is the most acceptable practice all over the world.
3. The geographical spread and number of villages in each Local Government in the state is such that it is practically impossible to deploy policemen permanently to each village, but with proper road networks it will be easier for the police and other Law enforcement agencies to access these villages in the event of distress call and also extend regular patrols to such villages. The Katsina state Government is a strategic partner in that direction and they are working assiduously to open-up road networks across the state in addition to the existing ones, to facilitate effective policing of those multiple agrarian villages in partnership with their individual communities.
4. Suffice it to also add that, as far as the ongoing onslaught against banditry and kidnapping by the Joint Security Forces is concern, the Police has the compliment of not only the existing “Operation Puff Adder” deployed across the eight (8) frontline LGAs, in addition to the men in the Divisions, but also additional Units made up of Police Mobile Force (PMF) men, Safer Highway Patrol Teams,, Special Forces, Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), equipped with APCs, and other equipment deployed by the Inspector-General of Police in the fight against banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery.
SP Gambo Isah
Police Public Relations Officer,
FOR: Commissioner of Police,
Katsina State Command