Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Monday appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to deploy additional 7,000 police officers in the state.
The governor, who made the appeal in his office when the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the North West zone, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe paid him a courtesy visit, explained that the state was under-policed and needed more personnel to enforce laws.
El-Rufai noted that the success of the ongoing campaign against cattle rustlers was a collaborative effort by five neighbouring state governors, adding that Kaduna takes the rustlers’ activities personal as it is losing more cattle than any other state.
“We are lucky because 1 Mechanized Division Nigerian Army Headquarters is here in Kaduna and there is our committed Police Commissioner”, the governor said.
He added, “I observed that before the general elections, Kaduna police command was different from others in terms of professionalism and commitment”.
“The deputy governor and I will continue to do our best for the police. Kaduna state is under-policed and we requested 7,000 police men and women, we are still waiting and appealing to IGP. Law enforcement will be enhanced and crime will reduce.
“It is easy to blame police without knowing what police DPO faces. We will continue to focus on security”. Mr. El-Rufai said.
On his part, DIG Tsafe commended Mr. El-Rufai, and other governors in the zone for being security conscious and committed to ending cattle rustling in the affected states.