'We Crushed Boko Haram In My Time' - DIG Sardauna

Source: IBRAHIM HABU - thewillnigeria.com

KANO, Nov 29, (THEWILL) - The Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training, Alhaji Abubakar Sardauna has said that his greatest challenge while in Zone 1 was the insurgence of Boko Haram in Wudil, Kano state.

Sardauna who handed over to Abubakar Mohammed today advised his successor to work closely with traditional rulers, members of the public, commissioners of police under his command and the press to guarantee success.

“I was in my house around 2 a.m. and the Commissioner of Police rang me over the spillover of Boko Haram to Wudil in Kano. I asked him to join me and we moved to Wudil immediately; before the day ran out, we were able to round them up,” he said, pointing out that the success was made possible because of his pro-active approach towards crime control.

DIG Sardauna also revealed that to ensure adequate policing in 2011 elections, the Nigeria Police Force has begun intensive training and retraining of officers and men across the country.

He said that in Kaduna Police College, over 1400 policemen are undergoing training in preparation for the 2011 elections, “and this applies to Enugu and other Police Colleges in the country.”

He said after the course, the police will be well prepared and equipped for the challenges ahead.

He noted that, during his two-year term as AIG zone 1, religious crises, political instability and criminal activities hitherto associate with the zone were brought down to the barest minimum, adding that though there were pockets of cases of kidnap, the zone tried its best to nip the menace in the bud.

The new AIG of the Zone, Mohammed who was Commissioner of Police in Zamfara State before his recent elevation to AIG, promised to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessor.

“I will ensure that this Zone is taken to greater heights. I have noted the achievements of DIG Sardauna and I promised to consolidate on them.”