The Kano State government is concentrating on community policing to address security challenges.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said this while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said:“I briefed Mr. President on the security situation in Kano State… But we are working in synergy with security personnel to ensure that the state remains peaceful despite what is happening in the neighbouring states.
“Our emphasis on is on community policing, community participation, especially those communities located around the forest areas of the state. So, we have built a synergy with the security institutions and our traditional rulers. The traditional rulers are always there and they also get a lot of security reports and they use it a lot to maintain peace in their domains. So, as of today, Kano is one of the most peaceful State.”
Governor Ganduje used the opportunity to advice States facing similar challenges to adopt the same strategy.
“I think the best way to tackle insecurity is through community participation so that the security agencies get a lot of information on how to arrest the culprits. Also there is need for the community to avoid being recruited into the insurgency because, once it is penetrated and the youths are recruited into the insurgency, it becomes complicated and difficult to solve,” he said.
On the alleged swallowing of N6.8 million by a Gorilla at the Kano zoo, the Governor said preliminary reports of the State’s anti graft agency indicate that it was a clear case of armed robbery.
“l have already directed the anti- corruption agency in Kano to wade into the issue and they are still investigating. But all l can say now is that preliminary reports indicate that there was armed robbery at the zoo, and not the issue of Gorilla. The issue of Gorilla is junk Journalism. This is because there is even no Gorilla in that zoo. We are told that there was an armed robbery incidence in which the entire safe at the zoo was carted away. Well the outcome of the investigation will let us know what actually happened, but l am sure that there is something wrong anyway,” the Governor stated.
Governor Ganduje added that a reconciliatory process was already on, to ensure the conflict between him and the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido is resolved amicably.