703 special police constables graduate from training school in Sokoto

703 special police constables graduate from training school in Sokoto

No fewer than 703 Special Police Constables from Sokoto and Kebbi states on Tuesday graduated from the Police Training School in Sokoto.


The Special Constabulary system, which in line with the principles and ideology of community policing, has been adopted as part of the ongoing police reform and strategies to provide local solutions to the menace of crime in communities.


Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, said that the policing system was adopted to address the shortage of manpower in the Nigeria Police Force.


“Therefore, there is need to recruit about 40,000 special police constables nationwide to serve as the supporting arm of the police to combat insurgency and other crimes,’’ he said.


Represented by Mr Muhammad Mustapha, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 10, Adamu charged the new constables to imbibe patriotism and prepare themselves for more training and service to the nation.


“You have all been trained and told how to secure yourselves because personal safety or security is very important.


“And I expect all of you to observe the rules of engagement.


“The tasks before you are enormous, looking at what we are going through as regards banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping and insurgency, among other crimes,’’ he said.


The IGP thanked the governors of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states for their encouragement and support to security agencies in the zone.


He urged the public to continue to support security agencies with useful information that would enhance their commitment to addressing criminal activities in the country.


In his remarks, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Carrier and Security Matters, Abdulkadir Ahmed, pledged that the state government would continue to place a priority on security issues.


Tambuwal congratulated the new special constables, urging them to show commitment to protecting their communities, with professionalism.


Also, Gov. Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Rabiu Kamba, expressed confidence that with the community policing strategy in place, the society would be well-secured soon.


The Training School Commander, ACP Kabir Muhammad, said that 704 participants were registered for the training at the training school.


“As it is today, I am glad to report that 703 are now cleared and given the IG’s approval to serve as Special Constables.


“From the figure, Kebbi state has 336 special constables, while Sokoto has 367,’’ he said.


The Police Commissioner in Sokoto State, Mr Ibrahim Kaoje, pledged that the police command would provide all necessary tools for the new constables to enable them to carry out their duties in the state.

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