Kano State Police Command has converted 50 hardened criminals by training them to become constable officers.
The idea behind this initiative, as per information gathered by PLATFORMTIMES, is to utilize these reformed criminals to combat their colleagues who have resisted repentance and continue engaging in criminal activities.
Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel, while addressing the 50 selected reformed individuals from Dala, Fagge, Ungogo, Municipal, and Gwale LGAs of Kano State, upon the completion of their two-month training as members of the Nigeria Police Special Constabulary, noted that they were fortunate for choosing to start anew.
Addressing the men, the CP stated, “Today is a joyous day for the people of Kano State and the Police Command because we have graduated fifty youths from the group of two hundred and twenty-two repentant individuals who had voluntarily surrendered themselves, pledging to abstain from thuggery activities (Fadan Daba) and other social vices that have plagued the state, especially during the 2nd quarter of 2023.”
He also recollected that about three months earlier, the Police Command had invited certain individuals believed to be responsible for the rise in thuggery (Fadan Yan Daba) and other serious crimes in the state for dialogue.
In total, 222 repentant thugs were received, he said.
The CP added, “We have shared their details with the State Governor during our friendly football match with them at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano, for them to receive support through involvement in life-changing programs.
“Out of this group, fifty (50) volunteered to work with the Police and contribute to the security and development of the state.
“Considering their dedication to ensuring peace in the state since their repentance, we provided them with training in both classroom and field settings and equipped them as members of the Special Constabulary.
“Today, they have demonstrated their commitment to safeguarding Kano, vowing not to let any elements of insecurity threaten the peace enjoyed in the state.”
Gumel expressed his gratitude to the supervising officers of the Command for their efforts in fighting crime and encouraged them to continue engaging in community policing with key stakeholders in their areas of responsibility.
He reiterated that any officer who cannot inspire public confidence or gain the trust of the people is unsuitable for any sensitive position.
He also charged the supervising officers to redouble their efforts, as the reward for good work is more work.
The CP, in the same vein, directed the officers to work closely with members of the Police Special Constabulary posted back to their communities.
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