By Muhammad Nasir
No fewer than 703 Special Police Constables from Sokoto and Kebbi states, on Tuesday, graduated from the Police Training School in Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Special Constabulary system is in line with the principles and ideology of Community Policing.
This is part of the ongoing police reform to provide local solutions to local problem of crimes and fear of crime in communities.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Inspection General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, said that the policing system was adopted to augment the shortage of manpower in the Police Force.
“Therefore, the need to recruit about 40,000 special constabulary nationwide to serve as the supporting arm of the police to combat insurgency and other crimes,’’ Adamu said.
Represented by the Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Zone 10, Mr Muhammad Mustapha, the IG tasked the new constables to imbibe patriotism and prepare themselves for more training and service to the nation.
“You are all been trained and told how to secure yourselves because safety security is very important.
“And I expect all of you to observe the rules of engagement.
“The tasks before you are enormous, looking at what we are going through on banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and insurgency among other crimes.’’
The IG thanked the governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States for their encouragement and support to security in the zone.
He urged the public to continue to support security agencies with useful information that would enhance their commitment to addressing criminal activities in the country.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Carrier and Security Matters, Abdulkadir Ahmed assured that the state government would continue to place priority on security issues.
Tambuwal congratulated the new constables, urging them to ensure more commitment to protect their community with professionalism as enshrined in the law.
Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Rabiu Kamba expressed confidence that with the community policing in place, the society would be well secured.
The Commander, Police Training School, ACP Kabir Muhammad, said that 704 participants arrived at the training school for the exercise.
“As it is today, I am glad to report that 703 are now cleared and given the IG’s approval to serve as Special Constables.
“From the figure, Kebbi state has 336 while Sokoto has 367,’’ he said.
Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, the Police Commissioner in Sokoto State, assured that the command would provide all necessary tools to the new constables to enable them to exercise their mandate. (NAN)