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A Human Right Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has asked the state governors in Nigeria to sit-up and use their powers as members of Nigeria Police Council to take control of the operation of Nigeria Police Force.

Falana who was speaking with the TVC News Channels in response to the call by Zamfara State Governor for citizens to bear arms and defend themselves, noted that, the power to organize and reorganize the activities and the operation of the Nigerian Police lies squarely with the Nigerian Police Council not the President as the Governors wrongly perceived.

“I think the Governors in Nigeria need to sit up, Police powers in Nigeria are not vested on the President rather the Police Council. The Nigeria Police Council is constituted by (39) people three federal public officers and the rest are the Governors of (36) state.

He insisted that, the body is empowered to administer and supervise the operation of the council, and unfortunately that power was wrongly left in the hand of the President.

He added that, the Governors need to sit up and take charge of the organizational strategies of the Nigerian Police Force so that there would be control over what the police are doing.

On the security challenges facing some states in Nigeria, Falana said, “we have to be frank to ourselves, you can’t ask someone with Dane guns to confront criminals bearing AK-47, it is not possible”.

“In 2003 when President Obasanjo was trying to create the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NNSCDC I contacted some Governors that this is the right time to have State Police. The law is there Section 214 of the constitution provides that there should be only one police force in Nigeria and there should be no other one.

Falana also said if the other federal government security outfits like EFCC, ICP, Customs, Immigration, Road Safety and rest can be empowered to bear arms, why not the state security outfits.

He also tells Governors to head to court and challenge the decision of the Federal Government on why it is given licenses for few individuals to bear guns, but it has failed to issue same for group of young men who are ready and willing to defend their respective territories.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has formally retired from active service of the Nigerian Police Force on Thursday.

He retired on age ground since he has thirty-three of active years in service.

He assumed office as police Commissioner in Zamfara in August 13th 2021 and formally retired after attaining 60 years of age.

During his twelve months of active service as the Police, Commissioner Elkana work harder

Addressing officers of the command, CP Elkana said he has never regretted serving the police force since he has done his best in serving his country.

He commended the IGP Baba Alkali, the state Governor Bello Matawalle, heads of security outfits and indeed all officers of the command for their support to him during his active days as police commissioner.

He also appealed to Nigerian youths to join the police force, stressing that it would help to enhance the depleting manpower, “in order to sustain the efforts to rid Zamfara State and Nigeria in general of security challenges.

He urged his predecessor and indeed all officers of the command to remain committed and be corrupt free in the discharge of their official duty.

Today in Gusau, I am leaving with so much legacy. We were able to stimulate our men and enhanced their operational capacity to combat crimes and criminality in the state.

“But all these achievements were made possible with the collective support and cooperation of the Inspector General of Police, Zamfara State Governor and officers and men of this command.” he explained.

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A woman leader in charge of the campaign of Dr. Dauda Lawal the Zamfara PDP gubernatorial candidate has conducted a sensitization meeting with hundreds of women as part of her strategies of securing support for the PDP gubernatorial candidate.

Mrs Lami Samaho who conducted the sensitization rally in Gusau on Wednesday with the support of some prominent women including Hajiya Lubabatu Ammani and rest the meeting was scheduled to create awareness on the need for Zamfara women to support Dr. Dauda Lawal.

She emphasized on the need for women to rally round their support for Dr. Dauda Lawal considering the good plans he had for the development of womanhood.

She said, she was sent by Dauda Lawal Dare to continue to engage women and assured them of his resolved to continue to safeguard their value and integrity.

Samaho also emphasized that, the purpose of the sensitization was to enlighten women in Zamfara on the dos and don’t expect of them ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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Zamfara State Police Commissioner Ayuba Elkana has decorated (19) Deputy Superintendents of Police to their new ranks of Superintendents of Police on Wednesday.

The activity which took place at the state police headquarters was witnessed by DCP Operation Dauda Mamman and DCP Finance and Administration Mr. Olubenga Adepoju.

According to the police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad, the CP warned the officers to put in their best and renew their commitment with utmost professionalism to justify the recent elevation to their new ranks.

He also thanked the IGP and indeed the Police Service Commission for the promotion and other gestures provided to the officers and men of the command, and called on all the officers within the command not to relent in doing the right thing.

Few among the officers elevated in the new promotion include, SP Sadiq Umar, O/C Highway Patrol, SP Sadiq Mohd, staff officer senior (SOS), SP Babangida Abubakar, P&G OPs, among others.

In a vote of thanks on behalf of other promo tees, SP Babangida Abubakar expressed appreciation to the IGP and Police service commission for the promotion, and promised to reciprocate the gesture through hard work, commitment in line with professional ethics and international best practices.

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