From Maryam Hassan, Kano
Kano state Governor, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, on Wednesday, promised to rehabilitate and empower 100 repentant criminals presented to him by the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Usaini Gumel.
Gumel presented the 100 repentant criminals to Governor Yusuf at Sani Abacha Stadium, during the closing ceremony of the maiden Community Policing Friendly Football Games, organized by the Kano state Police Command, in conjunction with the Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices (YOSPIS).
Governor Yusuf who was represented by the Director-General, Special Services, Government House, AVM Ibrahim Umar (rtd), commended CP Gumel for initiating such innovation of crime-fighting.
According to him: “On the 100 repentant thugs presented to me by the State Commissioner of Police, they have all been accepted by the State Government and are going to be profiled and got them gainfully engaged with a full package of life-changing Programmes to be sponsored by the State Government.”
Governor Yusuf further stated that: “My very good people of Kano State, it gives me great pleasure today as we gather here to witness the Closing Ceremony of the Maiden Kano State Community Policing Friendly Football Games organized by the Kano State Police Command in conjunction with Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices (YOSPIS) at the same venue of my inauguration exactly 93 days after my assumption of office.
“This sport event indeed came at a better time as it exemplified the spirit of unity, harmony and collaboration that our Government is striving to achieve for the stability of our beloved Kano State. It is also in line with our vision of engaging and bringing the youths together for development and the progress of the State.
“Recall that when I assumed office on 29th of May 2023, there were security challenges, and in my inaugural speech, I pledged to work with security agencies to quickly surmount all emerging ugly heads of insecurities in the State. I also promised to ensure that our street lights that have not been in use for about eight years which culminated into the increase in crimes especially mobile phone armed robbery during night hours especially at junctions and round abouts within Kano metropolis are restored.
“Today, whoever is in the State is witnessing a new dawn with a new face of Kano State as there is holistic reduction of street crimes. This is as a result of the restoration of these street lights that the State Government adequately put in place across the length and breadth of the metropolis.
“I must also appreciate the commitment of the Police and other security personnel for taking the bull by the horn in ensuring that people sleep with their eyes closed. We will continue to remain committed to ensuring that the good people of the State operate their businesses and go about their daily activities without fear of being attacked by criminals.
“In one-week time, I will be clocking 100 days in office as the Executive Governor of Kano State. We have all reasons to thank Almighty Allah (SWT) for the remarkable achievements recorded so far in restoring the State to its lost glory and making the journey a successful one. God willing, we will continue to fulfill our promises of ensuring safer and more secured business environment.
“At this point, I want to reiterate that this Government is committed to the welfare of the youths and the implementation of palliative measures that will ease the economic hardship created by the fuel subsidy removal. Already, the Kano State Government has reduced the registration fees of tertiary institutions of the State by 50 percent to indigenes.
“Furthermore, I commend the efforts of all the security agencies in the State particularly the Police for their untiring commitment to safeguarding the inhabitants of the State. As the Chief Security Officer of the State we will continue to give all necessary support to the security agencies and continue to accompany the Nigeria Police Force to implement the working community policing template being in use by the State Police Command.”