Kano Special Constabulary Not Police Officers But Recognized By Law Says PSC

The Police Service Commission has made clarifications on the operations of the Special Constabulary in Kano state especially the issue of a repentant criminal said to have been recruited into the organisation.

A statement on Thursday, 19th October 2023 signed by the PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said that the Special Constabulary are not Policemen and not recognized as such by the Commission and Government.

The statement read, “The Commission however notes that the Constabulary operations are covered and recognised by the Police Act and are readily useful and needed now that the nation is fighting to end the siege of criminals across the country.

“The Commission is in touch with the Kano State Police Command and is aware that the use of the Constabulary is to support the Police in building a crime-free Kano State.

“It is necessary to state that the men and women recruited as Special Constabulary are posted to work in their locality where they will be in a better position to fish out the criminals terrorizing the place.

“Some of the repentant influential youths previously used in the past as political thugs and abandoned have realized that crime does not pay and have voluntarily offered themselves to assist fight for a crime-free state.

“The Commission is also aware that the Kano Special Constabulary has received adequate training and are working in their Local Government areas as required by law but under strict supervision of the State Police Command.

“Their engagement is obviously for visibility and to promote Sustainable peace, economic growth, and development of the state.

“Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, former Inspector General of Police says the Commission will continue to partner with the Police to ensure an improved security of lives and property in the country.

“Dr. Arase noted that security is not only a government responsibility but that of every Nigerian and called for a citizen-based approach to security in Nigeria.

“He however disclosed that the Commission in consultation with the Inspector General of Police will ensure that the uniform of the Constabularies is clearly differentiated from that of the Nigeria Police Force to avoid cases of identity crisis and also define their specific roles in the security architecture of the nation.

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