by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Many have at various times predicted time-bombs in many parts of Nigeria because of the wave of criminalities blowing across the length and breadth of the country.
The same have been said for Kaduna state, given the increased speed in the criminal gangs, especially kidnapping, attacks and killings of innocent people and properties lost.
The most and worst recent one is the romour making rounds that there’ll be violent conflict in the state, a release issued by the police. In fact, a statement from the police authority had it that there is going to be unrest in Kaduna State as a result of the recent communal clashes in some parts of the state.
The statement reads, in parts: “The attention of the Kaduna State Police Command has been drawn to some purported rumours of violent conflict that may ensue in Kaduna State, which originates from anonymous sources.”
The question is whether the romour of the state of unrest really thickens in Kaduna State; or it’s an exaggeration of imagination of people escalated by the security.
Whichever ways, the statement released by police during the weeks of attacks and killings in Kaduna stressed that, “The rumours have been in circulation from certain quarters that ‘there is going to be unrest in Kaduna State’ as a result of the recent communal clashes in some parts of the state.”
Police on its usual protocol warned against those behind the romour of the consequences of their utterances, if caught.
All things being equal, the police, of course, deserve to be commended for being proactive in putting measures in place to forestall breakdown of law and other.
But, the same police have, however, failed over the years to know the consequences and ripple effect of crimes and criminalities of attack and killings of people on daily basis in some parts of the state.
The police statement further stressed that, “In view of the foregoing, the Command wishes to warn all rumour mongers and prophets of doom to desist from speculating information that might set peace-loving people of Kaduna State against one another, as the Kaduna State Police Command is not relenting in its efforts to foster peace and tranquility amongst various ethnic groups in the State.”
The reality is that, if the Nigeria Police are allowed or given a freehand to do their job, it may do far better. But beyond that, police need to be proactive in intelligent gathering and forestall attacks and killings before it occurred, rather than waiting until it occurred millions of times before taking action, as the case had been with the disturbing challenging situation in Kaduna and among other states in the country.
Indeed, the police need support and collaboration from the public to enhance its frontiers, but this can only be achieved through mutual and exclusive relationship with the public so that the efforts being put in place by the security forces are not in vain.
“Finally, the Kaduna State Command is, therefore, calling on the general public to make available any piece of information that may constitute threat to life and property to the Police, to enable it tackle any possible breakdown of law and order in the state,” according to the statement signed by Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige.