The Commissioner of Police for Kano State, Mr. Mohammed Gumel, has refuted claims regarding the alleged recruitment of a criminal into the Nigeria Police Force within the state. Gumel clarified this during a press briefing in Kano on Tuesday, explaining that one Nasiru Abdullahi, also known as ‘Chile Madobi,’ was among the 222 ‘repentant influential youths’ who renounced violence and opted to become positive representatives of the state.
According to him, Abdullahi and the other youths had been granted amnesty by the state government, which led to their deradicalization and comprehensive profiling. Approximately 50 of these individuals willingly offered their assistance to the police in the ongoing battle against criminal elements in the state.
The Commissioner of Police refuted reports suggesting that the state Command was training constables at a training school, questioning when and where such a training school had been established in the state.
Gumel stated, “All 222 influential youths who surrendered themselves were meticulously profiled, and the state government arranged training programs for them in various trades as part of its skill acquisition initiatives.
The Governor, who had previously granted them amnesty, directed us to assess their aptitudes and determine how they could contribute to skill acquisition and human development. Out of the 222 influential youths, 50 chose to support the police in combatting crime and criminal activities in the state, and Nasiru Abdullahi is one of them.”
Furthermore, investigations revealed that Abdullahi had no criminal records in any court of law. Gumel challenged anyone to verify this fact, emphasizing, “It is regrettable that certain individuals are determined to tarnish the reputation of the Nigerian Police, but their efforts will not succeed.
The police remain dedicated to safeguarding the lives and property of citizens. We urge the public to dismiss such reports and maintain their trust in the commitment of the Kano State Police Command to protect lives and property in the state.”
He encouraged the residents of Kano State to continue living in peace and harmony and to provide valuable information on any suspicious activities or individuals. The Kano police have established community-led security networks across all 44 Local Government Areas to sustain their efforts in eliminating criminal elements in the state.
Gumel concluded by seeking the continuous support and cooperation of residents in reporting credible information on the presence of suspicious individuals in their communities.