The Kano State Police Command announced late Thursday night its heightened state of readiness to swiftly address security challenges during the upcoming rerun election in the state scheduled for Saturday.
With an eye on the crucial February 3 by-elections for Kunchi/Tsanyawa, Kura/Garin Malam, and Rimin Gado/Tofa State Assembly seats, the Kano police emphasized the implementation of a robust early warning and response strategy to ensure the safety and security of all citizens involved in the electoral process.
In a press statement released after a meeting between CP Mohammed Usaini Gumel and heads of security agencies, the acting spokesman, ASP Abdullahi Hussaini, underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in enhancing the security landscape. He highlighted the imperative of coordination and information sharing among various agencies to swiftly address potential threats and emerging challenges.
Hussaini emphasized, “By coming together, we have a unique opportunity to share insights and engage in productive discussions,” reflecting the commitment of security forces to uphold principles of peace and security in Kano.
The meeting, convened in collaboration with Equal Access International, focused on early warning and early response mechanisms, drawing participation from chief executive officers of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the state.
Reflecting on the command’s proactive security measures, Gumel earlier in January assured the public of a visible police presence in all polling units across the affected local government areas. He sternly warned against any form of political violence, ballot tampering, or thuggery during the electoral process, emphasizing the readiness of law enforcement to swiftly apprehend and prosecute offenders.
As Kano braces for the rerun polls, the police command’s proactive stance underscores a collective commitment to safeguarding the democratic process and ensuring a peaceful electoral environment conducive to free and fair elections.