Bala Hassan, the Assistant Inspector-General (AIG), in charge of zone 10, on Monday announced that the force had deployed competent officers to border communities in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states to arrest any person or group of involved in arms smuggling.
Speaking to newsmen in in Sokoto, he said the new security measures was to help curb the influx of arms into the country through its area of jurisdiction, adding that the move would also make it impossible for illegal arms importation and other forms of criminality to be carried out in the zone.
“Three commissioners of police in the zone have been fully briefed on various security strategies to be adopted in preventing the illegal business and other forms of criminality.
“Sufficient manpower have also been deployed to Tangaza , Gudu, Illela, Isa, Sabon-Birni and Gwadabawa local government areas of Sokoto state, as well as Kamba, Kangiwa in Kebbi and Shinkafi in Zamfara.
“We are putting all the security measures in place to prevent criminality in our areas of supervision” he said.
The A.I.G further revealed that the police had engaged community leaders in border areas to support the effort by providing relevant intelligence reports on the movement of dubious characters.
Hassan said that the community leaders had been mobilised to sensitise their people on the need to cooperate with security agents posted to their locality.
“We will continue to work hand- in-hand with other security agencies posted to border areas to ensure that no arms are imported into the country through our areas of supervision” Hassan said.
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