By Jibril Almustapha
In their efforts to ensure peaceful Sallah festivities, Kano State Police Command in collaboration with other security agencies in the state have arrested 83 suspected thugs (fondly known as ‘Yan Daba) with dangerous weapons, and illicit drugs.
This was confirmed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Kano State Police Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, and made available to MEDIA SMARTS NIGERIA today (Wednesday) saying the operatives also recovered a number of robbed properties from the arrested suspected thugs.
The statement reads in parts, “In line with the directives of the Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police Force, Usman Alkali Baba, on the provision of adequate security during the concluded Eid-El-Fitr Sallah festivities, Kano State Police Command under the leadership of the Acting Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, DCP Mu’azu U. Mohammed, sister security agencies and the command’s community policing stakeholders succeeded in ensuring a very peaceful atmosphere that led to a serene Eid-El-Fitr Sallah Festivities conducted between 21st – 25th April 2023.
“Eighty-Three (83) suspected thugs (‘Yan Daba) were arrested between the 21st – 25th of April 2023 during the “Hawan Eid”, “Hawan Daushe”, “Hawan Nasarawa”, “Hawan Fanisau” and after the Sallah Celebrations in all the Five Emirate Councils of the State. Suspects were arrested with dangerous weapons, robbed properties, illicit drugs and stolen properties. The suspects are under investigation.”
Kiyawa added that, “the Acting Commissioner of Police thanked and appreciates the Kano State Government, Sister Security Agencies, Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, the good people of Kano State, members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), members of Vigilante Groups, members of Special Constabulary, and the Command’s Community Policing Stakeholders for their prayers, encouragement, continuous support and cooperation that led to the peace being enjoyed in Kano State, and the arrest of suspects made.”
Meanwhile, the Command reiterates its commitment to ensuring the security and safety of the good people of the State. He strongly warns that criminals will have no hiding place in Kano State. They are advised to either repent or leave the State completely. He urged residents to continue to pray for the State, and the Nation, report incidents to the nearest Police Station, and not take laws into their hands. Rigorous patrols, raids of criminal hideouts, and black spots will continue throughout the State, as the command will sustain the ongoing “Community Policing Engagements” that are yielding positive results.