Kano police on high alert despite relative peace

Business activities have resumed in the city which was hit by bomb blasts in March.

After a 14-month lull in business prompted by the Boko Haram insurgency in Kano city, commercial activities have started picking up the pace as the city gradually returns to normal life.

Despite the continued presence of security operatives, residents, who had previously restricted their movements due to apprehension stemming from the activities of the militants, are gradually taking to the streets once again.

In Sabon Gari, an area populated by non-Muslims which is also the commercial hub of the city, there was remarkable improvement in commercial activities at the famous Kantin Kwari textile market. The market was one of the areas worst hit by the militants.

There was also increased activities at the popular Kwanar Singa provisions market.

Kano State was one of the northern states threatened by the violent Boko Haram insurgents. In March, bombs were detonated at a motor park in the city killing as many as 30 people. The Emir of Kano was also attacked by the insurgents in an incident that led to the death of his driver and orderly.

However, there has been a concerted effort by the state government and security agents to curb the threats.

According to the spokesman for Bukavu Barracks, Kano, Ikedichi Iweha, the military has placed combatant officers on the alert to take care of any eventuality.

“There has been fresh deployment of personnel in the city to fortify the state, especially with the state of emergency declared in some northern states, to avoid any situation that will disrupt the peace Kano people are enjoying now,” Mr. Iweha said.

He reasoned that with the emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, pressure may force most of the militants to flee these areas in search of refuge elsewhere.

“So, we have to be on the lookout,” he said.

Mr. Iweha said the authorities are not leaving anything to chance.

“We have to keep the tempo until the desired result is achieved which is total peace in Kano. So, we are not relaxing because we now have relative peace. Rather, we are still working harder to sustain it. We have also increased the number of soldiers in the streets, raids on suspected hide outs will be carried out,” he said.

The security situation also prompted a meeting of senior police officers on Wednesday, presided over by the state’s commissioner for police, Musa Daura, at the Bompai headquarters of the state police command.

Mr. Daura admitted that the senior officers gathering was informed by the situation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, adding that it convened to review security in the state and discuss the emergency rule declared by Mr. President.

“I met with my deputies, Area commanders, Divisional police officers, [DPOs] to find ways of beefing up our security, and the need to place officers on red alert and be security conscious at all times in other that they are not taking unawares, we also have to commence effective monitoring of the state from all fronts,” he said.

He added that all the senior officers will be involved in the monitoring the security situation in the state.

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