The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Usaini Gumel, has reacted to a report by an online news platform that the command recruited criminals into the force.
The CP described the story as not only malicious, but a calculated attempt to destroy the good image of the Kano State police command.
He said that Nasiru Abdullahi, who was described as a criminal by the online news platform, is among the 222 repentant influential youths in Kano granted amnesty by the state government.
He said, “Following the directive of the state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, the repentant influential youths who were hitherto ideal and tools in hand of disgruntled politicians and other enemies of the state who used them to foment trouble, were properly profiled and reformed.”
He further stated that out of the 222 influential youths, 50 volunteered to help the police in fighting crime and criminal activities of which Nasiru Abdullahi is among them.
“I am aware that the Sahara Reporters have no correspondent or reporter here in Kano. They have not been following our events. I am rather surprised how and where they are getting such fake news,” he said.
Gumel further stated that further investigations indicated that Nasiru Abdullahi has no criminal records in any court of law, and he issued a challenge to anyone who wants to verify the fact.
It is very unfortunate that some people are bent on tarnishing the image and reputation of the Nigerian Police, but they will not succeed. The Command will remain committed to protecting the lives and property of citizens.
“We appeal to the public to disregard such reports. The general public should continue to have confidence in the commitment of the Kano State Police Command to keep protecting lives and property in the state, ” he concluded.