According to Kano Police, Abdullahi, also known as ‘Chile Madobi’, was among the youths who had been granted amnesty by the state government.
The Kano State Police Command has denied recruiting a criminal into the Nigeria Police Force in the state.
According to the Commissioner of Police, CP, Mr Mohammed Gumel while speaking on Tuesday, he said that one Nasiru Abdullahi was among the 222 ‘repentant influential youths’ who denounced violence and chose to become good ambassadors of the state.
According to him, Abdullahi, also known as ‘Chile Madobi’, was among the youths who had been granted amnesty by the state government.
Before recruiting Abdullahi, he was a notorious criminal on the wanted list of the police.
He said following instructions from the state government, the youths were de-radicalized and properly profiled, during which about 50 of them volunteered to help police in the ongoing fight against criminal elements in the state.
The CP faulted reports alleging that the state Command was training constabularies at a training school, wondering when and where the state had built a training school.
Gumel said, “All the 222 influential youths who surrendered themselves were properly profiled and the state government organised a training for them into various trades under its skills acquisition programmes.
”The State Governor, who already gave them amnesty, directed us to profile them and find out where they can fit in for skills acquisition and human empowerment.
”Out of the 222 influential youths, 50 of them volunteered to help the police in fighting crimes and criminal activities in the state. Nasiru Abdullahi is one of them.”
He further stated that investigations indicated that Abdullahi had no criminal records in any court of law, adding, “I challenge anybody to go and verify this fact.”
He added, “It is very unfortunate that some people are bent on tarnishing the image and reputation of the Nigerian Police, but they will not succeed.
“Police will remain committed to protecting the lives and property of citizens.
” We appeal to the public to disregard such reports. The public should continue to have confidence in the commitment of the Kano State Police Command to keep protecting lives and property in the state.
“Citizens in Kano State should continue to live in peace and harmony and keep providing useful information on suspicious movements of persons and items.
” The police in Kano have mapped out community-led comprehensive security networks that would sustain our efforts in flushing out criminal elements in the state.”
The commissioner of police said that the Command had introduced sensitive security measures across the 44 Local Government Areas that would ensure the arrest and prosecution of all men of the underworld.
“We are soliciting the sustained support and goodwill of the residents by volunteering credible information on the movement of suspected characters in their midst,” he added.