A statement by Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said that Governor Sani Bello stated this when he received the new Commissioner of Police in Government House, Minna.
Governor Sani Bello said that with proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, SALWs, used by criminal elements to perpetuate various nefarious activities throughout the federation, it behoves on the new commissioner of police to be proactive and vigilant to ensure that criminals are tracked down before committing any crime.
“Nigeria is tackling various security challenges and Niger state is confronting its share of such security challenges. I charge you to be proactive in tackling these challenges. You must not wait for crime to be committed before you respond. You must proactively tackle identified threats in the nooks and crannies of the state. ”
The Governor urged the Commissioner of Police to partner with various stakeholders in the state such as traditional, religious and community leaders in maintaining peace and orders .”
“ It is important you reach out to various stakeholders in the state to strengthen police- community relations in various parts of the state for efficient and effective policing. As you are, Niger is a peace loving state. With your presence, you should maintain that .
He also called on the new police boss in the state to strengthen inter-agency cooperation with other security agencies in the state.
“Nigerian Police in the lead agency and closer to the people. You should carry other security agencies along in operation and intelligence sharing. “
He then called on various stakeholders to support Nigerian Police in the state in discharging their constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order.
Governor Sani Bello assured him of his administration’s support to Nigerian Police adding that peace is prerequisite to development.
The Commissioner, Muazu Zubair Haliru was accompanied by his predecessor, AIG Abubakar Marafa who was promoted and posted to Zone 6, Calabar