11th September, 2012
Nigeria’s head of police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said in Kano on Tuesday that the security challenges in some parts of the country would soon be over.
Abubakar made the statement when he paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State, which experienced multiple attacks on 20 January from militants of the Boko Haram sect.
“The issue of security challenges will soon be a forgotten issue as the force will continue to do everything possible to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the country,’’ he said.
He said commercial activities had started picking up in Kano and gave an assurance that the Police Command in Kano State would continue to do its best to ensure security of lives and property.
“From the look of things, peace and stability is gradually returning to Kano State, the security situation is improving and the situation is appreciating to normalcy.
“We are now putting additional measures to ensure that Kano State remains calm and secured,” he said
According to him, the lack of operational vehicles and equipment are hindering the operations of most of the police stations at the grassroots.
“It is when the equipment is available that we can make prediction and we strongly believe that when they are in place, it will equip us adequately to face the challenges,” Abubakar said.
He thanked Kwankwaso for renovating some police buildings in the state.
Responding, Kwankwaso observed that inadequate equipment, particularly operational vehicles and logistics, were hampering the performance of the police.
Abubakar was in Kano in continuation of his assessment tour of the security situation in some states.