The Kano State Commissioner of Police, Sama’ila Dikko, has said that Fulani herdsmen entering the state must get clearance from the police command of the state they are leaving for Kano.
Addressing journalists shortly after emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies at his office on Wednesday, Mr Dikko said any Fulani herdsman that enters Kano without the clearance would be turned back outright.
He said the decision was part of the security arrangements that have been made by his command in a bid to maintain peace and security in the state.
“Today in the morning I had a meeting with the leaders of Fulanis. There are two issues here, Fulanis who are now coming in with their cattle and what have you… So, when we heard about that information, we discussed it with other security agencies.
“At the meeting I had in my office this morning with leaders of Fulanis from Kaduna, Katsina and Jigawa, I asked them to give us whatever information to block whoever that is coming in without necessary authorisation from the police of the state they are coming from.
“So, there must be a sort of letter, showing that they are coming to Kano from that state. So, anyone who comes without clearance from our police formations, from the state they are coming from, will definitely be stopped and turned back to where they came from.
“We will not accept anybody coming here illegally. We may not know the kind persons they are. They may be criminals. They may be bandits or other bad people. So, we will not accept it here in Kano,” he emphasised.
The CP also reaffirmed commitment of the command in providing adequate security to all citizens and foreigners residing in the state.
He said the command was working tirelessly in ensuring synergy with other security agencies in Kano towards ensuring maximum security of lives and property.
The commissioner noted that they mapped out security strategies towards ensuring security of expatriates who are conducting legitimate businesses in the state.
He noted that Kano being the commercial nerve centre of the Northern Nigeria has over 5,000 expatriates residing in the state for business and other related matters.
Mr Dikko also said the command would soon start arresting blacksmiths who produce and sell dangerous weapons such as cutlass, machete, sword and knives to thugs.
He warned that any blacksmith found wanting may be charged with aiding thuggery.