Defence & Security

Stop fraternising with criminals, CP Yusuf warns police officers

By Paul Michael

The Zamfara State Police Commissioner, CP Okolo Yusuf has warned policemen in the State to stop partnering with bandits and other criminal elements.

The Police Commissioner gave the warning on Thursday while meeting with Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and other senior personnel in the State Capital, Gusau.

CP Yusuf urged officers in the State to be professional in their conduct while ordering total compliance on exclusion of quasi – security outfits from campaigns/rallies and other political processes as directed by the Inspector-General Of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

Police spokesperson for the State, SP Mohammed Shehu, said in a statement made available to news men that the move is part of the CP’s effort to stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping and other related crimes as well as to ensure a peaceful conduct of political activities for 2023 general elections in the State.

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Yusuf“During the lecture, the CP informed officers and men on the commencement of campaigns/rallies and other political activities for 2023 General Election, and tasked officers, especially Area Commanders and DPOs to ensure that all quasi – security outfits established by various state governments and local communities operating under different nomenclatures are banned from partaking in any electioneering campaign and other electoral processes as directed by the IGP, as the outfits have no legal roles under the Electoral Act.

“Similarly, the CP charged police personnel on professionalism and commitment to duty and warned them to desist from partnering with Bandits or any criminal syndicate, otherwise defaulters will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“On the social media policy of the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba psc+,NPM , fdc, the CP warned officers and men to ensure absolute compliance of the directives.

“Other matters relating to the overall security and safety of Zamfara state were extensively discussed, and all the officers and men have reiterated their loyalty and resolve to work assiduously to ensure peace and security before, during and after the forthcoming 2023 General Elections,” Shehu stated.

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