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    AIG Zone 1 Direct Police to be on red alert

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    Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone , Kano State, Sadiq Abubakar Bello has directed officers to to be on red alert and exhibit high level of professionalism while conducting their lawful duties.

    The AIG gave the directives during a lecture he presented to newly promoted officers at the state Command’s headquarters in Kano Tuesday.

    He told the officers that much is expected from the police especially the  Promotees.

    The State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Shu’aibu, decorated the newly promoted Police Officers serving in Kano comprising of Fifty-Seven Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs) who were decorated to the rank of Deputy  Superintendents of Police (DSPs), One Hundred and Four Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP II) confirmed with the substantive rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs I), Three Hundred and Sixty Inspectors decorated with the new rank of Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs II). 

    With the trends of crime, the officers were also lectured by the officer in Charge of Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) unit, CSP Haruna Ismail and the officer in charge of Forensic Laboratory of the command, SP Bello Mohammed, CFIN.

    During the lecture AIG Sadiq Abubakar Bello, commend the police for their efforts in crime-fighting, stating that the officers should at all times be on alert.

    He directed the officers to continue with round-the-clock visibility patrols, raids of criminal hideouts and black spots, intelligence-led stop and search to sustain community policing engagements. 

    As the first line of defense, the AIG charged officers to be fair and firm. Be polite to members of the public and fight crime to the barest minimum.

    In his remark, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu continue to fight crimes to standstill in line with the policing vision of the Inspector-General of Police.

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    Police Launch Schools Protection Squad (SPS), Prosecute Over 3000 Suspected Criminals

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    The Commisdioner of police, Kano state command CP Muhammad Usaini Gumel while commemorating his one year anniversary has launched School Protection Squad (SPS).

    Aim of the Squard according to Gumel is to instill proactive measures to ensure protection of students from evil invaders who kidnapped pupils.

    He explained that the launching of the Squad by the Nigerian Police Force is the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police IGP Kayode Ebegtokim with the objective of adequately providing safe environment for schooling, students, their teachers as well as the schools facilities and their critical infrastructures.

    The SPS, comprised of sixty adequately trained police personnels who are provided with the necessary kits and tools for the task.

    The Squard have been dispatched to intensify robust patrols around all primary and secondary schools, including all vulnerable tertiary institutions in all locations across each senatorial districts of the state.

    The Commissioner while unveiling his landmark achievements in one year revealed that, “as a result of employing robust security strategies couple with community policing approache, the Command received and profiled a total of 623 repentant thugs, took them off the streets and are currently transitioning them away from life of crime.

    Some of them have been engaged by the State Government practicing various life-changing empowerment programs.

    The Command have arrested and prosecuted more than 3,000 suspected criminals with offenses that ranged from kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, human trafficking, illicit drug dealings, thuggery and other social vices.

    On assumption of office as commissioner of police in the State on the 2nd of May, last year, Gumel said he was aware that communities in the State have had their fair share of security challenges, especially the menace of daylight and nighttime mobile phone armed robbery, thuggery, farmers and herders clashes and other violent criminal activities.

    “Other heinous crimes include kidnapping, the threat of infiltration of bandits along border LGAs, especially Falgore and Dansoshiya forests, the buying and selling of minors, motor vehicle theft, cross-border organized crimes and illicit drug dealings, among others.”

    After reviewing the crime pattern and conducted crime mapping of the State, he drew up action plan which centered around robust community policing engagements with relevant stakeholders, synergizing with the military and other security agencies, and the use of both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.

    “It is through these collective efforts that we succeeded in fighting and bringing down the wave of crime and criminality in the State.”

    The Command have strengthened its Public Relations Unit and instructed the personnel to engage strongly with the local community and apply strategic communication through television, radio, and other media channels to raise public awareness about the Police Command’s activities, the consequences of crime, and to seek co-operation for promoting the peace.

    Within the same period, the Command have achieved some significant strides by flushing out criminals who occupied the historic Dala Hill, who used it as a hideout and turning it into an enclave from where they launch mayhem and various criminal activities.

    The criminals not only attempted to destroy a major symbol of Kano’s history but almost destroyed a world-class tourist attraction, a source of wealth creation and revenue generation.

    Thus far, the intervention of the Police Command has made the historic site safe and secure for all residents of the area and visitors.

    In addition to our efforts in combating crime, the Command actively participated in numerous community policing programs for example embarking on visitations to Makoda, Gaya, Kiru, and Gwale LGA’s of the State.

    This approach helped improve the Police-community relationship and combat the long time Farmers/Herders clashes that have existed for more than 40 years in Makoda LGA.

    The Inter and Intra party clashes amongst the two dominants political parties – APC and NNPP in Gaya LGA, incidences of kidnapping around Kwanar Dangora and resurgence of thuggery activities in Gwale LGA were all restored.

    In furtherance to the community policing engagement, we organized community policing programs, including friendly football matches with repentant thugs, involving stakeholders such as members of the Kano Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kannywood, Tik-Tockers, and others.

    This approach has now bridged the gap between the Police and the Community, leading to better information sharing and cooperation in fighting crime.

    The Police Command, in collaboration with the Kano Branch of the Magistrates Association of Nigeria (MAN), have organized the first and second editions of capacity building workshops aimed at equipping Police investigators, and equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the intricacies of the Kano State Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).

    The Command also conducted some inter-agency’s training sessions on Fire Safety in collaboration with the Federal Fire Service. Others include, Cyber Security Training.

    In line with the provisions of Force Order No. 20 as amended relating to the effective implementation of the Police Duty Solicitor Scheme (PDSS), the Advisory Committee of the Scheme was inaugurated on 6th February 2024 by the Kano State Police Command and supported by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (ROLAC) project.

    The launch of the committee marked a significant milestone in enhancing legal representation for individuals coming into contact with the Criminal Justice System in Kano State.

    The PDSS Advisory Committee which it’s membership were drawn from the institutions of the Police, Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Legal Aid Council, National Human Rights Commission, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigeria Correctional Service, and Civil Society among others.

    The committee conducted a comprehensive two-day visit to various detention facilities and justice sectors, consisting of 4 selected Police Stations, two Correctional Centers, including one Remand Home, and three Court Complexes of Magistrates of the Shari’ah, and High Courts between 5th and 6th February 2024. The primary objective of this initiative was to ensure the effective implementation of the scheme

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    Democracy or Courtocracy? CP. Gumel perspectives

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    The Commisdioner of police, Kano state command Muhammad Usaini Gumel who was recently awarded the best advocate of Community policing by the Nigerian police force has presented a paper on the travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the fourth Republic.

    The event was organized by the Mumbayya house in Kano.

    Below is his full unedited speech at the occasion.

    DEMOCRACY OR “COURTOCRACY”: THE TRAVAILS OF NIGERIA’S ELECTORAL PROCESS IN THE FOURTH REPUBLIC

    *REMARKS BY*

    *CP MOHAMMED USAINI GUMEL, FIPMA, psc*

    AT THE ANNUAL AMINU KANO MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM HELD ON WEDNESDAY, 17TH APRIL 2024 AT MAMBAYYA HOUSE, GWAMMAJA, KANO

    PROTOCOL.

    It is my honor to address this distinguished audience at this occasion of the Annual Aminu Kano Memorial Symposium on the topic _”Democracy or ‘Courtocracy’: The Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic”. I thank the Organizers for associating me, and by extension the Kano Police Command with this intellectual gathering.

    Now, from the topic, I presume that the intention is to examine the role of the Courts in our recent democratic evolution, particularly in resolving election disputes. This is something that has generated different views from analysts and pundits alike. Now, as a police officer, I do not think I qualify to make any bold points about the contest between legalism and politics. However, looking at the recent political events in Nigeria, I would agree with the saying that “Law is politics by other means”. The judicialization of our electoral process gives credence to this assertion.

    The fact is that there is a thin line separating politics and law. The philosophers have aptly made the point about laws being the instruments for political contests, the tools of the powerful in society, and the shield of the elite against the masses.

    *Elections in Nigeria’s Fourth Republic*

    From 1999 to date, Nigeria is said to be witnessing its fourth republic. It is the longest period of uninterrupted practice of democracy in the country. We have witnessed seven (7) electoral cycles from 1999; 2003; 2007; 2011; 2015; 2019 and 2023. In the process, we have also seen peaceful transitions from one civilian administration to another, and the transfer of power between parties in power and in opposition. Nigerians have therefore experienced governance under both incumbents and oppositions. It means *Democracy has gone full cycle!*

    Despite these transitions, elections have remained eventful: Hotly contested, and often settled in Courts. The role of election tribunals has gained currency in recent times. We have witnessed different judicial processes that produced outcomes for electoral contests, which leave many wondering if the Courts, rather than the people, have ultimately become the deciders of who wins or loses in an election. This, I believe, is what the organizers have in mind when they coined the concept of _“Courtocracy_ and speak about the _Travails of Nigeria’s Electoral Process in the Fourth Republic._ I find this interesting and intriguing. It is indeed ingenious, so I congratulate the Organizers for coming up with such catchy descriptions.

    *_Courtocracy_ and Security in the Electoral Process*

    While free and fair election is the hallmark of a democratic system, election malpractices and violence have been regarded as obstacles to the consolidation of democratic institutions. This makes the issue of security very crucial in all the phases of the electoral process: the pre-electoral, electoral, and post-electoral phases. The role of the security agencies is to safeguard the electoral environment and electoral process. For this reason, the security agencies are exposed to the machinations of political actors. To optimize the role of the security agencies, an Inter-agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) was established in Nigeria before the 2011 General Elections, which establishes the code of conduct and rules of engagement for the security agencies before, during and after elections. With this, all security men and women on electoral duty now have a common standard of reference for their actions. The security personnel contribute to the judicial processes of elections as they are responsible for protecting election materials, personnel, and arresting offenders. The security agencies also provide safe space for the conduct of the judicial proceedings, ensuring that there is no disruption. In this way, the security agencies’ role in _courtocracy_ is the provision of evidence and safe space, but not directly in determining the outcome of the Court proceedings, which I leave to our learned men and women to speak about.

    *Distinguish Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,*

    Let me conclude by saying that the term _”Courtocracy”_ has emerged to describe a situation where legal battles and court rulings play a significant role in determining electoral outcomes, sometimes overshadowing the will of the people expressed through the ballot box. This raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the extent to which the rule of law guides our democracy.

    Nigeria, as a nation, has made significant strides in transitioning to democratic governance. Yet, the prevalence of electoral irregularities, political violence, vote-buying, and other malpractices has eroded public trust in the electoral system. This, coupled with the phenomenon of judicial interventions in electoral disputes, has led to a growing perception of courts wielding more influence than voters in shaping political leadership.

    For democracy to thrive in Nigeria, it is imperative that the electoral process upholds the principles of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Political actors, electoral bodies, security agencies, and the judiciary all have a crucial role to play in ensuring free, fair, and credible elections that truly reflect the will of the people.

    As the Commissioner of Police of the Kano Police Command, I urge fellow law enforcement agencies to maintain neutrality, uphold professionalism, and guarantee the safety and security of all citizens during elections. We must work tirelessly to prevent electoral violence, investigate electoral offenses, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

    The _Travails of Nigeria’s electoral process in the Fourth Republic_ underscore the urgent need for reforms that will strengthen democratic institutions, promote electoral integrity, and restore confidence in the electoral system. By upholding the values of democracy and the rule of law, we can steer our nation toward a future where the voice of the people truly shapes the course of governance.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

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    Thugs sponsored by a politician to disrupt innauguration of Kano Commisdioners arrested.

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    Miscreants have been warn to stay off critical government activities and functionsries accross Kano State as failure to do so will invoke dire consequences on invaders, their sponsors. Kano state command’s public relations officer, SP. Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa has revealed Friday.

    The warning was issued Thursday during innauguration of the newly appointed Commisdioners at the government house Kano by the governor of the state, Abba Kabir Yusuf.

    Eight suspected political thugs were arrested during the function while attempting to breach peace.

    “The suspected thugs that constituted themselves as pressure group and supporters of one of the infamous politician attemted to breach law and order.’

    The Police assures members of the public that all necessary measures have been taken to prevent any act that could lead to disruptions of peace and security in all parts of the State.

    The State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Usaini Gumel, reiterated the determination of the police command to ruthlessly deal with any miscreant or their sponsors that tries to disrupt peace under whatever guise, especially during critical Government functionaries and will be made to face dire consequences.

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