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11,000 Policemen not enough for entire Kaduna – El-Rufai

Idowu Abdullahi

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has raised concerns that 11,000 policemen attached to the state were not enough to protect lives and property across Kaduna communities, linking insufficient policing to issues of kidnapping banditry and other forms of insecurity currently confronting people of the state.

According to the governor, Kaduna has 46,053 km² landmass with 23 Local Governments and that the figure of police personnel the state accounts for cannot be enough to provide needed type of security to address current situation in the state.

Speaking on Kaduna security situation during 2021 Fountain Summit in Ekiti State on Thursday, El-Rufai indicated that the problem teh state is currently facing was as a result of Boko Haram and other dreadful terrorist gangs relocations from North East to North West region of the country since they were been driving of their previous settlement by security agencies.

The Kaduna governor, however, explained that the state needed more police personnel to cover its entire landmass of the state and that a local government in Kaduna was is three times bigger than any western states, including Lagos.

He said, “the entire five states of Southeast could fit into Kaduna State two and half times. This is the size of the state and we are smaller than Niger State and Borno state. And to cover the state with 11,000 policemen is impossible. So there are many ungoverned locations across the state. 

“When an incident occurs in a remote part of the state, maybe in Zaria and some remote areas, people think that the entire Kaduna state is unsafe. And that is not true. Kaduna State is not Lagos state. One local Government in Kaduna is three time size of Lagos State. when something happens in Ikeja, it doesn’t mean that Epe is affected.

“We have security challenges, but our investors know where the assets are and they know that those assets are safe. we have never seen the headlines of security affecting our investment. But we must work in improving insecurity and we must stop this us versus them mentality by collaborating.

“Remember once upon a time Boko Haram was only confined to North East and now the biggest fear we have in North West is that they are relocating to the Northwest because they have been chased out from North East by ISWAP. And when they are chased out of Northwest, wehere do you think they will come? So, it is something we should all be concerned about. Not only Federal/states collaboration but across the country partnership. Don’t look at what is happening in Kaduna and say it is not my problem, it may be your own problem too one day.”

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