Ever since the first COVID-19 case was recorded in Nigeria, a lot of physical, spiritual, economic, political and security changes among the citizens have taken place. …
COVID-19: Crime rate low but…
Federal and state governments have introduced different measures to contain the spread of the virus through intensive sensitisation campaigns, as well as advising citizens to seek refuge in God Almighty against the pandemic, in addition to the cut in the nation’s budget and the introduction of palliative programmes to alleviate people’s sufferings, while security efforts have equally been intensified to ensure people are safe from the pandemic and crime rate contained.
Our correspondents had interactions with various police formations in their areas of assignments report on the crime rate in those areas.
In Kano, Salisu Baso reports that as result of the prevalence of the pandemic world-wide and to some Nigeria in particular, crime rate has dramatically gone down, according to the State Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa.
He told our man that the drop in the crime rate is not unconnected with the present situation of the global pandemic called Corona virus, noting that criminal activities have been reduced drastically.
He said the closure of Kano borders has also contributed immensely to the reduction of crimes in the state, adding that the Command has so far not recorded any high profile criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed robbery or rape as a result of the deployment of personnel at all the borders of the state.
The PPRO further said the operational strategy of the Command has been changed because of the decrease in the number of people on the streets and vehicle movements, pointing out that even the rate of accidents has reduce as a result of the lock-down.
Kiyawa however, said the State Commissioner of Police, Habu Sani has intensified the community policing activities and engagements by employing problems-solving approach in dealing with issues, adding that the State Command has taken necessary measures to decongest detention centres through bail process.
He also said the rate of people going to police stations to lodge complaints has also reduced, advising people to take their complaints through emergency lines given by the Command.
From Sokoto, Umar Danladi Ado was on ground but lamented that the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad A. Sadiq refused to rate criminal activities as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandamic in the state.
ASP Sadiq said he could assess or rate the security situation in state with regard to the outbreak of the pandemic in Nigeria because he said he did not have figures and enough information at his disposal to back up his comments.
He, however, confirmed that the ban on movement of commercial vehicles as well as activities of tea vendors has assisted security agents in combating the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes across the state.
Our correspondent in the state reports that since the outbreak of Corona virus, he opined, crimes have reduced to a minimal level.
This is because even the State Police Command has reduced extending invitations to newsmen for its traditional parade of criminals.
The Triumph correspondent from Jigawa, Ismaila Muhammad, reported that criminal activities have been reduced at least, by 70 to 75 per cent, according to the State Police Command.
Speaking with The Triumph, the Spokesperson of the Command
Superintendent of Police Abdul Jinjiri said armed robbery, thefts, house breaking and other crimes have reduced drastically by about 70 to 75 per cent in Jigawa due to the adequate security measures taken especially at this time of Corona virus pandemic.
“We increased our patrol teams which are going round across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state as well as the shutting down of our borders with Kano, Bauchi, Yobe and Katsina states,” he added.
‘’Really, criminals have no hiding place in Jigawa state because every nook and cranny of the state is under our surveillance and watch, so for these facts criminal activities have reduced appreciably and we shall not rest on our oars in containing any public disorder by ensuring that citizens of the state are safe, God willing,” he said.
Reporting from Plateau State, Christiana Gokyo noted that since the directive by the federal and state governments to stay at home because of the Corona virus pandemic, the rate of crimes in the state has reduced drastically because of the security measures put on ground.
COVID-19: Crime rate low but…
Speaking with the Triumph at the Police Headquarters in Jos, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Ubah Gabriel Ogaba said crimes are generally hardly being heard, saying the only incident that was witnessed was the attack of last week in Ancha, and Hukke all in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
He said the Police have arrested some Keke-NAPEP riders who didn’t follow government directive and have been charged to the Mobile Court.
He advised the general public to adhere to the directive of government so as to help curtail the spread of the Corona virus, because “we have not recorded any case in the state.”
The Command also solicited for any information from the general public, should there be any crime anywhere, assuring that their personnel are everywhere.
Suleiman Lawal who reports from Lafia, Nasarawa state, said the State Police Command has confirmed reduction of criminal activities as a result of Corona virus pandemic in the state.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Nansel Ramhan told our correspondent in a phone interview that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, the state has been the most peaceful in the North Central Geo-political Zone.
“Now with Corona virus, the state still maintains its stand as a less- crime state,” a feat achievable as result of frantic efforts by the State Commissioner of Police, he added.
ASP Ramhan further explained that even before now there were measures designed to curb criminal adventures which are going on perfectly as planned, adding that the level of criminal activities has gone low.
“Let me also assure you and people of the state that the Police will be ready at all times to handle criminals even after COVID-19; we are capable of doing so,” he added.
COVID-19: Crime rate low but…
But our correspondent Mustapha Saye from Kaduna revealed that COVID-19-induced lockdown has undoubtedly affected human and vehicular movements in Kaduna state while there are divergent views and opinion on whether the pandemic has led to the reduction of criminal activities and insecurity such as kidnapping and banditry, while others have the opinion that crime rate still on the high side despite the Corona virus scare.
Investigation by The Triumph showed that despite the lockdown imposed by the Kaduna state government, some unscrupulous elements had defied the order as they attacked a local market in the community killing innocent people.
Responding to the ugly incident through phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Police Command Muhammed Jalige said the Command is fully aware of the breaking of the law and order in Kajuru Local Government Area and series of meetings and investigation are still on with the Command soon to adequately brief the media on the outcome of the investigation .
He, however, explained that armed banditry has reduced to the minimum as most of the police cells are now empty.
In Katsina state, Muawuya Bala Idris said kidnapping and other crimes have drastically reduced especially in the eight troubled Local Government Areas.
He reports that measures adopted some months ago such as restriction on movement of vehicles and use of motorcycles’ ban in the night have assisted greatly toward minimising kidnapping.
The measures taken to guard against outbreak of Corona virus such as staying at home, shutting of land boaders and monitoring movements of visitors have also assisted government in minimizing the operation of kidnappers.
Speaking in an interview with The Triumph, Police Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Gambo Isah said report of attacks by bandits has drastically reduced in the state.
Isah explained that the police are battling to address the problem in the two areas of the state.
COVID-19: Crime rate low but…
The areas, he said, are Bugaje town in Jibia Local Government Area and few villages in Batsari Local Government Area.
He said the police, in collaboration with other security agents have succeeded in ending banditry in Danmusa, Safana, Kankara, Dandume, Sabuwa and Dutsinma Local Government Areas.
A top government official working in the Office of the Secretary to the State Government said the kidnappers are afraid to take hostages to avoid becoming victims of Corona virus.
The official who demanded anonymity, noted that activities of kidnapping have reduced, citing example of the recent rescue of about 17 people kidnapped along Kankara Road.
He said government is working with repentant bandits to deal with erring kidnappers hiding in some forests.
But Yahaya Wakili from Damaturu, Yobe state, reports that despite the lock-down order as a result of the pandemic, crime rate in the state has increased to a level of worrisome-ness.
The residents of the state observed that armed robbery and burglary have been on the increase since the lockdown.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the State Command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim told our correspondent that farmers/herders clashes, rape, unnatural offenses and other minor crimes have reduced, but armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping and theft have been on a slight increase.
According to ASP Dungus, in the first quarter of the year, the Command arraigned over 30 suspects in court for prosecution, while some of the suspects have since been convicted.