How CP Kolo Yusuf Is Clipping Bandits’ Wings in Zamfara State

By Adewole Kehinde

“Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.”

Bandits in Zamfara State have been having sleepless nights since he was appointed the 32nd Zamfara State Police Command Commissioner on August 22, 2022, because CP Kolo Yusuf vowed to do everything humanly possible to end insecurity in the state, as mandated by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

CP Kolo Yusuf was born in 1968 in Majiko Village of Edati Local Government Area of Niger State. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Abuja, as well as a Master’s Degree in Crime Management and Prevention from the Bayero University Kano then also has a Doctorate in International Relations.

He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force in 1988 and has served in various operational capacities, including as Officer in Charge, anti-robbery squad in Anambra, Kano, Kogi States, and Federal Capital Territory, among others.

CP Kolo Yusuf was also the Commander, of IGP Crack Squad Zone 1 Kano, Coordinator of, the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, and Commander Technical Intelligence Unit and Special Tactical Squad under the Force Intelligence Bureau.

He has attended several courses within and outside Nigeria, such as the Advanced Detective course at the Police Staff College, Jos in Plateau State, China, Turkey, and Colombia, on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, management and prevention of violent crimes, detailing and management of crime scenes, modern threat and human intelligence development by the metropolitan school of Business and management, among others.

No wonder when he resumed, he immediately went into restructuring the entire police force in the State which is giving way to his formidable security measures and he has been succeeding in his designed plans.

Zamfara State Police Commissioner, CP Kolo Yusuf

CP Kolo Yusuf since then has left nothing to chance in efforts to accomplish his mission.

It will be recalled that he warned all the active bandits to surrender their arms and ammunition to the State government in order not to be caught in the webs.

“I will never beg the bandits to surrender their arms and ammunitions to the State government, but I am very much ready to face them on fire for fire operations.

“Enough is enough and the bandits must allow the entire residents of Zamfara State to have rest of mind,” he added.

We all know that CP Kolo Yusuf has been in the struggle against banditry activities in many States of the federation, therefore, Zamfara State would never be left in the dark.

No wonder the Command under his watch has demonstrated and recorded a lot of achievements since he assumed duty as the State Commissioner of Police.

The most recent as the rescue of seventy-five year Mohammadu Sheshi an indigen of Enagi in Edati Local Government Area of Niger State was kidnapped along Birnin Gwari–Kaduna road who was kidnapped for over two months now.

The rescue operation was conducted following the receipt of the intelligence report regarding the abduction of the victim, the victim informed the police that he was abducted in early October 2022 by a large number of gunmen who blocked Birnin Gwari–Kaduna road and took others into the bush somewhere in Dansadau area of Zamfara State, after spending two months in captivity. Mohammadu Sheshi was medically checked at the police clinic facility and later reunited with his family and relations.

CP. Kolo Yusuf later congratulates the rescued victim for regaining his freedom and assures for police of continuous commitment to protecting the lives and property of the citizens in the state.

Earlier, Kolo men arrested Gaje Abdullahi a suspected female gunrunner who always supplies arms and ammunition to the notorious armed bandit known as Dawa. She is a native of Katsina and was arrested on November 29 by Police Tactical Operatives and was accused of giving information to bandits.

While parading the suspect alongside six others at the command headquarters in Gusau, Mr. Mohammed Shehu the Police Public Relations Officer explained that the suspects were arrested for offenses related to banditry, arms supply, intimidation, and extortion then also arrested six other suspected bandits and kidnappers alleged to be sending messages to members of communities to pay levies or face attacks among them are Jamilu Mohammed of Gadar Manya village, Zayyanu Barmo of Manya Babba village, Abubakar Usman of Mandau Village, Lauwali Girkau of Girkau village, Sala Girkau of Girkau village and Abubakar Yahaya of Tungar Mani Village.

In the course of the investigation, all the suspects confessed to the crime and further stated that part of the activities was to send threatening messages to the villages to either pay money or face an attack. They further confessed to receiving millions of naira from five different communities.

Police operatives also rescued 15 kidnap victims, including a one-year-old baby who was abducted from the Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina through the Police Tactical Operatives in collaboration with Vigilante acted on intelligence information regarding the abduction of 15 victims by bandits, terrorists at Dike village in Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State after conducting a search and rescue operation at Sabon Garin Dustin Kaura Forest in Danjibga district of Tsafe Local Government Area which led to the successful rescue of the victims Hale and Hearty.

Adewole Kehinde is the Publisher of Swift Reporters based in Abuja. E-mail: 08166240846