Gov. Abba Yusuf of Kano State has warned criminals to stay away from the state, warning that his administration will not tolerate any activity that will breach the existing peace in the state.
Yusuf issued the warning while addressing 20 suspected criminals arrested for committing various crimes by the Kano Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) at its headquarters on Sunday.
“My administration will not tolerate any act capable of disturbing the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
“May I also use this opportunity to warn criminals, especially phone snatchers and armed robbers, to stay off the state?
“We are ready to provide a peaceful atmosphere for our people to go about their legitimate businesses without threat to lives and properties.
“We are going to give all the necessary support to all security agencies to enable them to discharge their primary assignment diligently,” he said.
The governor also warned the residents, especially youths, to desist from any form of political violence and thuggery in the state.
Yusuf said that the state government has taken concrete security measures to enhance the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
He said that already the state government has set up mobile courts to ensure prompt prosecution of phone snatchers and other criminal elements in the state.
He lauded the efforts of the NSCDC for introducing various security measures that paved the way for the arrest of the 20 criminals within a very short period.
“We are going to support you to do more in arresting men of the underworld to enable residents to move on with their day-to-day activities without threat to lives and properties,” he said.
The NSCDC Corps Commandant, Mr. Lawal Falala, had informed the governor earlier that 20 suspected have been arrested for committing various crimes in the state in the last five days.
He said that eight suspects were arrested for various crimes ranging from vandalizing armoured cables, phone snatching, and theft of motorcycles.
He explained that 12 suspects were arrested in Sabon Gari, Fagge Local Government Area, for vandalizing an armoured cable 7mms and phone snatching at Dorayi and Charanchi in Gwale Local Government Area.
He said the command had already taken proactive security measures to deal with any form of security threat in the state.
Falala assured that the command would continue to utilize the avenues of intelligence-led and community-based approaches in enhancing the peaceful atmosphere.