This Day (Lagos)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Kano State Laments Non-Funding of JTF

The Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has expressed dismay over the non-funding of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the state by the Federal Government.

The governor who spoke while receiving the newly appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), David Omojola, said unlike other states where the Federal Government partners them by releasing their Ration Cash Allowance (RCA) as at when due, Kano has been starved of the security fund.

"For two years running now my government pays the bills for JTF and other security operations in the state. The federal authorities have never given us even a kobo, though they are giving to other states affected by the same crisis," Kwankwaso stated.

According to him, the RCA that was supposed to be remitted to the state by the Federal Government to carter for the operations of the JTF was abandoned to the state government.

Kwankwaso also decried the inadequate number of policemen in Kano, saying that it was improper to have below 9,000 policemen in the state adjudged as the most populated state in the country, while Lagos has over 30,000 policemen.

He said if the police can recruit, Kano Government would be ready to facilitate their training, pointing out that since most policemen were skeptical of serving in Kano, it would be better to recruit indigenes who can freely serve in the state in view of the security situation.

To improve on the security situation in troubled states in the North, including Kano, Kwankwaso urged the Federal Government to support security agencies with modern detective equipment such as scanning machines and close circuit cameras to enable them work effectively.

He promised to give all necessary supports to ensure that the new AIG of Zone 1 which is headquartered in Kano succeeds in his duty.

Speaking to newsmen in his office after visiting the governor, Omojola said already about 700 policemen were deployed to boost operations in Kano, adding that his zone was committed to ensuring that lives and property are save.

According to him, his mission to Zone 1 is to ensure peace and order in all the states under him, just as he urged all stake-holders including politicians, religious leaders, community and traditional rulers to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to ensure that peace and stability are maintained in the zone.

Omojola also commented on the attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, saying that the police are making progress in the course of their investigation, "but what I would not want to do is to pre-empt investigation; very soon, we shall let you know our findings when investigation is concluded," he stated.

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